The first time I saw the Walther WA-2000 I fell in love. Wow. It was the most amazing looking sniper rifle I had ever seen and I’ve only seen one once years and years ago. Like the HK PSG-1, the WA-2000 was developed in response to the 1972 Munich Olympic Games incident. Development started in the lates 1970s and only 176 rifles were produced between 1982 to 1988. When it was sold in the 1980s it never really took off because it was incredibly expensive – only 15 were imported into the US. The one I saw was around $10K if I remember right. Today, the price has skyrocketed – $70K for the first gen with the wood stocks and $40K for the second gen with the synthetic stock. With prices like that, unless I hit the lottery, the odds of my owning one is zero 🙁
I watched Ian’s video on the WA-2000 and, as usual, he does the best review of the rifle I have seen. He goes over the history, interesting design characteristics, disassembles it and then takes it shooting. Wow. I would love to shoot one of these. One misconception I had before the video was that the rifle was only chambered in 7.62X51 when it was actually available in .300 Win Mag and 7.5×55 Swiss. The rifle in the video is a .300 Win Mag unit.
Here’s the cool 23:49 video from Forgotten Weapons:
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