2) the scary full sprinting Dawn of the Dead // 28 Days later zombie
The zombies were sprinting in Dawn of the Dead? Are you sure?
I think he means in the remake, not the original.
As a horror movie and video game afficiando I have concluded that the best single weapon to have on hand is a powerful shotgun. This should work for both types of zombies. There are just too many examples of people trying to use some of the weapons above and getting eaten. Then non-gun weaponary is too difficult to use on the vast numbers you are likely to meet. The machine guns listed suffer from being inaccurate (not the guns but the users), though they do have their uses.
Conclusions: High powered machine guns would be best until the zombies are within good shotgun range. Then, a shotgun (with relativly fast reloading) as the primary weapon. Handguns should only be used in the cases of (a.) close range or (b.) running out of ammo for the shotgun or (c.) no time for reloading. In a pinch, or against few zombies, blunt force objects (baseball bats, etc.) are a good choice for preserving ammo. I would caution against the use of blades, let me give you a scenario: 3 dead ass bastards are coming at you so you decide to use your blade, you swing at the first one (stabbing seems pointless), and you miss the neck by inches…so now, oh fuck, the sword is stuck in the meat of the zombies shoulder (or head) and before you can pull it out, you’re a midnight snack for the other two.
Holy Crap, I just looked at what I wrote and realised that I am a huge dork, oh well back to D&D.