WA 2000 Seized from Canadian Drug Trafficker: Given to Local Club

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This is the kind of story you love to read. Rather than going to the incinerator, a white rhino of firearms has been donated to a local Canadian shooting club.

Terrence Arthur Dean from Kamloops, Canada, was charged, and found guilty of trafficking heroin, cocaine, meth and marijuana and unlawful possession of several firearms back in 2013. When they searched his home, police seized a Walther WA 2000. Now that he’s been sentenced to 5 years in prison, the question of what to do with it has been answered.

Rather than be destroyed, the crown and defense lawyers agreed with the judge to have the rifle donated to the Kamloops Target Sports Association.

The bullpup semi-automatic rifle was produced during the 1980s in .300 Win Mag, .308 and 7.5×55mm Swiss. It is rumored that only 176 guns were manufactured. It was a premium unit then, and today the rare guns are valued between $40,000 and $75,000. The distinctively shaped wood, top mounted rotating bipod, and free floated barrel has made it popular in Hollywood and videogames.

Kamloops isn’t that far from me. I’m hoping to get a chance to drive out there, figure out which of the 176 it is, what caliber it’s in, and maybe fire the rifle. The only photo of the actual rifle currently available is from the initial drug bust:

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Edward O

Edward is a Canadian gun owner and target shooter with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. Crawling over mountains with tactical gear is his idea of fun. He blogs at TV-Presspass and tweets @TV_PressPass.


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  • allannon

    Thank goodness. I’ve always wanted one of these, but it’s unlikely I’d have the opportunity or funds for one.

    I wish you’d titled the article something like “WA-2000 given to local club after confiscation from drug trafficker”. As-is, you may have shaved a couple minutes off my life as I expected something like “ordered destroyed by courts”.

    • dannye

      The correct title is “Government kidnap man who transported pharmaceuticals that offend politicians and steal his valuable collector’s rifle and other firearms”.

      • Dan

        Meth isn’t a pharmaceutical

        • dannye

          Yes it is. Why else would the US government give it to combat pilots?

          • Squirreltakular

            Ooh. Lawyered.

          • Gringo

            You’re confusing amphetamines with methamphetamine.

          • dannye

            Oh yeah? And what’s the chemical difference between the two? A single molecular group that slightly increases the action speed of methamphetamine.

            For all intents and purposes, they are the same drug.

            The most glaring hypocrisy of the drug war is the legal availability of highly addictive drugs produced by powerful financial interests.

      • Jared

        Yeah, so I can’t tell if this is satire or not.

      • anon

        10/10

  • KestrelBike

    Ahhhh now that’s an awesome story. It’d be great if you could dig up the reason they decided to donate it, and why they thought of doing that in the first place (because it seems to go against the grain of everyone’s first assumption!)

    • Michel_T

      I’d guess the judge/crown attorney are gun nutz… and didn’t want such rare animal get destroyed.

  • Chase Buchanan

    This is an amazing story. If it is a late April Fools joke, I will cry.

  • Mazryonh

    Are there any WA2000s in museums? Perhaps their inherent rarity (not quite like famous paintings, but close) would warrant such a thing.

    How much might this gun have fetched at an auction? Aren’t legally confiscated items normally dealt with in this manner?

  • Seburo

    I wonder why Walther hasn’t tried to revive/modernize the WA 2000. Every company that makes a bullpup is trying to get piece of that pie after the success of the Tavor.

    • toms

      Expense. The day of hand fitted complex production guns is over unfortunately. It is a cool and highly functional design.

  • mig1nc

    And yet, here in North Carolina, the state legislature is looking at a bill that would require the destruction of weapons used in certain crimes. If America still had high school shooting teams the right thing to do would be to donate captured guns to youth education. Well, maybe not the Jennings and High Points, but you get the idea.

    • uisconfruzed

      Can I get some more info? I’m in NC
      Thanks

      • mig1nc

        HB 241

    • James Stewart

      FYI – America still has high school teams for competition rifle shooting.

  • Pseudo

    Oh. My. God. I would love to handle and shoot one of these. I love bizarre guns.

  • J.L. Cummings

    That is one beautiful piece of hardware.

  • Gordon J Davis Jr

    It happens once in a while.

    At other times, you have the RCMP unilaterally changing a rifle to prohibited – banning it and requiring previously lawfully owned ones to be surrendered to authorities.

  • Joe

    Looks like a blue “pen ” gun at the bottom in the box.

  • aaron

    Maybe I’m wrong but I could of swore about a decade ago I saw one of these for sale for about 4 thousand

  • RicoSuave

    They had one in the Bond film “The Living Daylights”. I think one of the Bourne movies too. Cool looking gun.

  • Jared Dedini

    Eddie I desperately want that tar 21 you are holding…that’s my dream gun man

    • They’re available now! All over the US, and lots of other places! I still love mine, but it’s gone through a lot of changes!

      • Jared Dedini

        see now you’re just taunting me lol. i am in california so i highly doubt they are legal in my state in particular. however i want to move to a better state so then maybe =) you are really lucky to have those beauties though. very very nice.

  • Adam

    All i can say is, yo lucky lucky lucky buggers…. And seriously a freakn huge Kudos too the RCMP for not drop sawing it…