The WA-2000 in Photos

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With a rarity on par with Himalayan Snow Leopards, the WA-2000 has something of a legendary status surrounding it. Were they any good? Some say yes, some say no. Some shooters say the price expensive to the point of extravagance, while others point to Walther’s history of premium rifles and the near-handcrafted nature of these rifles as part of their cost.

The precision semi-auto bullpup came with a $12,800 price tag back in 1982, and was chambered in 300 Win Mag, .308, or 7.5x55mm Swiss. The most consistent count states that 176 WA-2000 rifles were produced, and today they command prices anywhere from $40,000 and $75,000 when available. They saw a very limited adoption with German police forces, and never got the widespread military or SWAT contracts that the rifle was designed for.

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But the distinctive wood and metal combination, along with the price and rarity, have created a fiction that lives on. Bond fans will recognize the rifle as carried by Timothy Dalton in The Living Daylights, while video gamers may have noticed it featured in the Call of Duty and Rainbow Six series.

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What I can say for sure is that the photos in this post have never seen the harsh light of the internet before. The current caretaker of this particular rifle is very shy, and wishes to remain anonymous. I had to negotiate a fair bit to get these photos taken, but still hope to put rounds through this rifle myself one day.

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This is a first generation WA-2000, recognizable by the barrel-style flash hider and the fluted barrel. You can see some wear on the top-mounted bipod, but other than that the rifle appears functional.

So enjoy. There’s only a few of these historic pieces left in the world, and not many of them see the light of day.

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Edward O

Edward is a Canadian gun owner and target shooter with a Bachelorโ€™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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  • Giolli Joker

    “still hope to put rounds through this rifle myself one day”

    Good luck!
    And thanks for the cool photos!
    (The WA2000 is the German sniper’s rifle even in the Rainbow Six book, opposite to the American one using a bolt action rifle)

  • Anon

    Did you ask them if they could field strip it and look at some of the guts, because I don’t think anyone has ever photographed those.

    • I did. Sadly they were not prepared to field strip the rifle

  • Some Dude

    The rifle itself was rather hefty for a bullpup.

    • Some Dude

      Either that or James Bond was a little man.

      • TDog

        Timothy Dalton is apparently 6′ 2″, so it looks like the WA-2000 really is that massive.

        • Michael R. Zupcak

          Show the WA-2000 next to any other 26″-barreled 7.62 rifle and it’s not really that massive, just bulky.

          • TDog

            It’s not bulky! The camera adds at least ten pounds! ;-D

  • Tyler Horne

    I’d love to see a head-to-head shootout between this and a PSG-1

  • Edeco

    Wow like an early, primitive RFB ๐Ÿ˜€

    • iksnilol

      Not at all.

      Only thing they have in common is that they’re bullpups. Literally nothing else is in common.

      • Giolli Joker

        Availability? ๐Ÿ˜›

        • iksnilol

          Hmm, maybe you’ve got a point there. Kel-Tec doesn’t exist in Europe as far as I know, and WA-2000 exists in so few numbers you can’t really count it as existing. ๐Ÿ˜›

          • Secundius

            @ iksnilon.

            Yes and No! Believe or Not, but “Kel-Tec” guns weren’t even designed in the United States. They were designed by Husqvarna of Sweden. The Kel-Tec P-11, is available in Sweden under the designation P-40 and P357, through Intertec and Grendal…

      • Edeco

        I’m mostly being sassy, because people look down their snoods at Kel Tec, and put stuff like this Walther and Mk 23’s on a pedestal. But, hey, the 308 chambering and piston action also ๐Ÿ˜›

        • iksnilol

          You shut your mouth regarding the MK23. The MK23 was the best boat anchor I ever used!

      • Secundius

        @ iksnilol.

        I’d love to get a .30-06 (7.62×63.3mm/Springfield) BAR II conversion Bullpup by Waffen-Greger of Dillingen, Offnungszeiten, Germany…

        • iksnilol

          I’ve yet to see one in the wild. They look wicked.

          By the way, Offnungszeiten means “opening times”. ๐Ÿ˜›

  • hikerguy

    At almost $13 grand a pop, I can understand why they weren’t successful. Good looking rifle. seems I remember when they came out. Very interesting piece of history.

    • M.M.D.C.

      That’s $29,500 in today’s dollars. Not within reach of your average – or above average -shooters.

      I wonder how much the mags cost? ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • iksnilol

        And I thought the DSR-1 or the GM6 Lynx was expensive.

        • Secundius

          @ iksnilol.

          Your forgetting, 1911 “Meteorite Gun” at $100,000.00 USD…

  • MPWS

    This looks to me like “proof of concept” or even “bread-board model” more than product. One of those oddities, I guess. thanks for showing, as always!

  • Robert Rodriguez

    Yet, no mentions of Agent 47 and Hitman… ๐Ÿ™

    • Solid point. Blood Money above all others.

      • Hensley Beuron Garlington

        Amen. Those are good memories with the virtual version of this rifle. LOL.

    • Jonathan Ferguson

      Also bizarrely appears in Equilibrium as a pump-action.

  • Esh325

    It was in Rainbow Six though at least

  • Blake

    I really love this rifle.

    The closest a mere mortal could hope to come to a WA-2000 is this fine limited-edition 10/22 conversion kit: http://ironwooddesigns.com/IWD1022.html

    http://ironwooddesigns.com/IWD1022_files/shapeimage_12.png

    • Cymond

      Wow! Those are still around? I remember those from a decade ago. Also, funny how it still says the AUG conversion is ‘coming soon’. If it hasn’t come in over a decade, it sure isn’t going to be soon. But what’s really weird? I seen to recall that has pricing info on the AUG stock neck in the day. They also did a single WA-2000 in nickel/chrome/stainless. That’s gone now, too, which means that they have updated the website at some point.

  • Tyler Shaw

    This is one of the greatest looking guns I have seen. I love the blend of smooth wood and milled metal.

  • Martin tรถrefeldt

    As mr Vickers said “an unicorn model”.

  • J.J

    I plan on buying an airsoft replica WA 2000 and upgrading it to .22 should cost about 900$. Not cheap but I think worth it.

    • iksnilol

      The Ironwood stock linked costs 950.

      Seems like you can save some money following your idea.

  • iksnilol

    What are the seagull wings between the scope and the bipod for?

    • Those would be clips for the bipod to lock into

      • iksnilol

        What? But they are so far away from the bipod.

        • Giolli Joker

          Look at the last photo. ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • iksnilol

            Aaaaaah

            I feel very stupid now.

  • michael

    I read an article recently about a drugbust, and the police discovered a cache of weapons, and one happened to be a walther wa 2000. I believe it was in canada if memory serves me correctly

    • Giolli Joker

      Same website and same author (posted on April 2nd)… quite possibly same gun as well.

      • What? No…Impossible.

        • Giolli Joker

          I’ll pretend to believe you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hensley Beuron Garlington

    So awesome to see more pictures of that unicorn! Thanks for posting! Its a lot smaller than it looks in these photos then when next to Bond.

  • lurpy

    Seems surprising to me that nobody else has made a clone of this. Patent’s most likely expired by now, unless they came up with some way to extend it, and it’s such an iconic weapon that you’d think there’d be a knockoff version somewhere.

  • troy

    It was tested and used in very small numbers (like 2-3) by one NSW group. Great in its day, but barrel life/replacement, price, kept their use short lived.

  • Southpaw89

    Thank your contact for us, always nice to get a look at a rare gun. An a side note it looks like the design would be a good candidate for a pcp air rifle look alike. That 10-22 stock looks pretty good but is clearly not lefty friendly.

  • Evan

    Cool. The Living Daylights is one of my favorite Bond movies.

    • smartacus

      i still say Timothy Dalton was one lucky guy to have handled one of those

  • Mack

    Now this would be a gun i would want to see a field strip of.