The “zombie apocalypse” scenario is brought up quite often on gun forums all the time, the question of what gun to use if the undead rise up has been discussed countless times. What would I use during a zombie apocalypse? I’ll save that for a later post.
Whenever I watch AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead the gun enthusiast in me always pays close attention to the guns and weapons used, who am I kidding, I actually do this with all movies and TV shows I watch. What makes the weapon choices in The Walking Dead so interesting is that no one is using a tacticool assault rifle or is dual wielding pistols. They’re not sporting anything too fancy. Even the main character Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), a sheriff’s deputy, is using a wheelgun. We wrote about the weapons used in The Walking Dead a while back, specifically about the prop and stunt weapons used on set. Below is a collection of the guns used by the characters of the TV show The Walking Dead.
Colt Python .357 Magnum
Deputy Rick Grimes carries a six-inch Colt Python chambered in .357 Magnum as his duty sidearm, and after he wakes up in the hell that is the world in The Walking Dead his trusty Python remains his handgun of choice. We first see Rick use his Python to kill a little girl walker in the opening scenes of the pilot episode.
Mossberg 590 12 Gauge Shotgun
After Rick’s Python, one of the most used guns in The Walking Dead is the Mossberg 590 12 gauge shotgun used by Shane Walsh (Jon Bernthal), also a sheriff’s deputy. The Mossberg 590 is a variant of the classic Mossberg 500 series of shotguns used by the military and many police agencies around the country. We see Shane using his 590 in the pilot episode while on duty as a deputy and throughout the series to put down walkers.
Ruger M77 Hawkeye Bolt-Action Rifle
Dale Horvath (Jeffrey Demunn) is one of the most level headed, wise and experienced members of the group. Dale is usually on watch atop his Winnebago with his trusty Ruger M77 Hawkeye bolt-action rifle slung on his shoulder, he’s rarely ever seen without it. Andrea uses Dale’s M77 when she mistakenly shoots Daryl thinking he is a walker while she was on watch.
One of the most used handguns in the series, the popular Glock 17 handgun is used throughout both season one and two of The Walking Dead. Shane uses one as his duty gun, with other members or the group using it in various instances to kill walkers.
Mossberg 500 12 Gauge Shotgun
Along with the Mossberg 590 used by Shane, the group also uses a Mossberg 500 pump-action shotgun. We see Glenn (Steven Yeun) use it to defend the camp in season one and kill the walkers in the barn on Hershel’s farm in season two. Rick also uses the Mossberg 500 when they run into the “Vatos” in season one.
Smith & Wesson 3913 Ladysmith
Used by Andrea (Lauri Holden), her S&W 3913 “Ladysmith” was a gift from her father. When we see Andrea first draw her S&W in the second episode of the first season, she pulls it on Rick and it’s pretty obvious she doesn’t know how to use it as she keeps the safety on. Later in season two she expands her firearms knowledge as she becomes a more experiened walker killer under Shane’s tutelage.
We first see the Beretta 92FS when Rick takes refuge in a tank as he runs into a horde of walkers in Atlanta. He pulls it off what he thinks is a dead American soldier, who turns out to be walker. Andrea also uses the Beretta 92FS in season two when her and Shane are jumped by walkers as they search for Sophia in a group of track homes. We also see various American soldiers using the Beretta 92 in a few flashback scenes.
Remington 870 12 Gauge Shotgun
Along with the Mossberg 590 and 500 shotgun, the group also has a Remington 870 Wingmaster pump-action shotgun. A variant of the Remington 870 line of shotguns, we see Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) use it a few times in both season one and two. T-Dog (IronE Singleton) and Glenn also use a Remington 870 shotgun with a synthetic stock from Rick’s bag of guns that he gathered at his police station in season one.
Horton Scout HD 125 Crossbow
While it’s not a gun, any Walking Dead weapon list would not be complete without mentioning Daryl’s crossbow. His Horton Scout HD 125 Crossbow allows him to hunt game and walkers silently as to not attract the attention of other walkers. It’s actually available on Amazon.com for purchase with a red dot scope already attached.
Stryker Strykezone 380 Crossbow
Daryl’s new crossbow from season three the Stryker Strykezone 380 Crossbow, it was found by Rick and Michonne in Morgan’s weapons cache. It features a 160lb draw weight with 123 ft/lbs of energy at 380 FPS. Just like with Daryl’s older Horton, the Strykezone crossbow is also available on Amazon for all the Daryl Dixon fans out there.
Also not a gun, but it’s one of the most iconic weapons in The Walking Dead right after Daryl’s crossbow. Michonne’s Katana was actually custom made for the TV show. But you can actually buy a replica katana on Amazon. They’re limited to only 2000 produced and available worldwide.
Other Notable Appearances
Sig Sauer P226
Browning M2HB Machine Gun
Winchester Model 70