Over a lengthy run of nine-plus seasons of walker-splattering action, horror and drama, The Walking Dead has featured many iconic weapons wielded by its cast.
From a gargantuan array of firearms to swords, crossbows, bows, knives and baseball bats (yeah, Negan, we’re looking at you), if it can be found in the popular show’s post-apocalyptic wasteland, there’s a good chance it’s been used to take down walkers and marauding menaces of all stripes.
Since it’s Halloween, let’s rank some of the more recognizable weapons used by Rick, Daryl, Michonne and the gang throughout the zombie-filled show’s run.
NOTE: These rankings are purely subjective. This piece is meant to be fun, not to determine the superiority of any particular weapon.
1. Rick’s Colt Python .357 Magnum
The gun of The Walking Dead, the .357 Magnum Colt Python revolver was carried by the main protagonist, Rick Grimes, for most of his tenure on the show.
The gun is big, nickel-plated and intimidating, which is great to frighten would-be evildoers, but the walkers don’t seem to notice.
Used by Andrew Lincoln’s Rick in most of his iconic action (and a few great dramatic) moments, the Colt Python is the undisputed “hoss” of the series. Many firearm collectors have referred to the Colt Python as the greatest production revolver ever made.
2. Darrell’s Crossbow – PSE Fang 350
Certainly one of the most iconic weapons associated with the series, a crossbow is used extensively by loveable-but-rough outdoorsman Daryl Dixon (portrayed by Norman Reedus) in combat and hunting situations.
Daryl is so comfortable with the crossbow, it is essentially an extension of his physical body—and two different crossbows have been used throughout the series.
In seasons 1-3, he used a Horton Scout 125. During season three, Michonne gave him a Stryker Strykzone 380 she acquired from Morgan’s weapons stash. That Stryker has been his weapon of choice ever since, and it will return in season 10.
3. Negan’s Lucille
Brutal, effective, beyond intimidating and just a bit unsanitary, Lucille is Negan’s favorite tool for instilling fear in others. A stand-in for his late wife, Lucille is simply a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire.
That simplicity is only matched by its threatening effect on Negan’s enemies (and fellow Saviors) when they see (or experience) him using it.
4. Michonne’s Katana
Her deadly proficiency with the blade even surpasses the menace of her two companions during her character’s introduction: two shackled, armless and jawless walkers.
Though she’s used a wide selection of firearms throughout the show, it seems as though she prefers the swift, silent and deadly close combat her katana allows.
5. Carol’s Smith & Wesson M&P
Resourceful and ultra-tough, Melissa McBride’s Carol has carried an enormous amount of guns throughout the series. One standout a Smith & Wesson M&P used by Carol through seasons eight and nine.
A popular and well-made pistol, it’s also used by several other characters in key scenes throughout season eight, including King Ezekiel, Rosita, Morgan, and other Saviors and soldiers of the Kingdom.
Colt Detective Special
Used by fan-favorite Carol throughout seasons four through eight, the Colt Detective Special .38 is a great sidearm for the character due to its relatively inconspicuous size. She loses the revolver in the season eight episode, “Some Guy.”
The gun was originally found by Daryl in season two and used by Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) in seasons two and three.
In the season seven finale, “The First Day of the Rest of Your Life,” Negan uses a wild-looking MAC-10 in his fight against the Alexandrians.
The gun features a rifle scope mounted onto a suppressor, and its look was inspired by the gun used by the Snake Plissken character in Escape from New York. This gun looks like something straight out of an ’80s action movie.
Another extremely popular pistol in the zombie-riddled landscape of the Walking Dead universe, the Beretta 92FS has been used or carried by a vast array of characters throughout the first seven seasons of the series.
(It’s also been used in at least one season of Fear the Walking Dead). In one memorable scene during the season seven episode “Service”, Carl (Chandler Riggs) gives a Beretta 92FS to his father, Rick.
It’s then taken from Rick by the formidable baddie Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).
In the season six episode “Always Accountable,” Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) takes a loaded Airtronic RPG-7 from the reanimated corpse of a soldier. Nearby, he also finds a carrying case filled with several RPG warheads.
Later in the season, during episode nine (“No Way Out”), Daryl uses the RPG launcher to ignite a pond filled with fuel to draw the attention of a horde of walkers.
What walker-wasting weaponry would you include on this list? Let us know in the comments below. Happy Halloween!