Forgotten Weapons Gets To Shoot A Walther WA 2000

Ever lusted after the obscure and ultra-scarce Walther WA 2000 semi-auto sniper rifle? You aren’t alone, I have often wondered how they shoot, what the trigger feels like and so on. Well, my friend Ian over at Forgotten Weapons had a chance to get behind one of these moon rocks. Lucky bastard.

Ian let a teaser slip out on Reddit to get our mouth watering for more, and damned if it isn’t. I can only hope that he talks about the experience so I can live vicariously through him. Ian said ” A Walther WA 2000, in .300 Winchester Magnum. Shoots softer than a Garand. Easy, fast hits. Bipod of a FAMAS, for some inexplicable reason. It’s magnificent. Makes me a bit sad that I will never have one. That said, it does have all the foibles of an essentially pre-production design. Video coming soon (with high speed).”

.300 Win Mag, shoots softer than a Garand, and surrender sticks?!? You have my attention.

Check out Ian’s channel Forgotten Weapons on Youtube. He has a collection of videos on rare and obscure firearms that is nothing short of impressive. Hope you are ready to waste a few hours falling down the black hole that is Youtube.


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  • Martin Grønsdal

    Isn’t plutonium more common than these rifles?

    • tiger

      strangely, yes….. Under 180 made.

    • tsubaka

      “Bipod of a FAMAS,”
      it’s like somebody wanted his Almas caviar (25K$/kg) sprinkled with gold dust because it was so mainstream alone

  • Guy Slack

    “Ian let a teaser slip out on Reddit to get our mouth watering for more, and damned if it isn’t.”

    You know how I know you’re gay?

    • BrandonAKsALot

      Is it the reddit part or the watering mouth over another man’s phallic shaped object?

  • Jake

    Who would see it and forget?
    Lusted after maybe. Unknown even. But certainly not forgotten.
    The only downside was manufacturing costs? I think there were several user experience issues too.

    • William Elliott

      I wonder if someone could start doing a modernized production version…you know, like B&T did with the Steyr TMP…

      • Jake

        I agree.
        I need to find the post or video that talked about why this gun failed. There was something minor that was wrong other than the ridiculous (at the time) production cost.
        That said, I cannot believe you saw this and thought of steyr. This one has wood freaking paneling!! I never liked the steyr. Too…. cold clinical.

        • William Elliott

          Its not so much that i “thought steyr” but that B&T has been picking up “abandoned designs”, making a few tweaks, and then marketing them right (like the TMP) as well as innovating (USR with micro aimpoint and Inforce light), and i figured this was right up their street…

  • anonym00seven

    It’s wrong to shoot one of those and not wear a tactical tuxedo.

    • tiger

      Which reminds us Of Timothy Dalton’s short stint as 007. They used a Walther in “The Living Daylights.”

  • GD Ajax

    During the Cold War it was expensive to make these. Current technology should make a WA 2000 much cheaper to produce. Since sniper units (except the Luddites who stuck their snipers with the M40) are turning towards .300 WA due to the short comings of 7.62

    • GD Ajax

      Ack pressed reply before I could finish.
      Most sniper units would jump the chance for a .300 Winchester Magnum semi auto.

      • SP mclaughlin

        [[Edit]] button.

        • Cymond

          The edit button is only for Disqus users.

          • SP mclaughlin

            Huh, I thought that was the only service.

    • iksnilol

      I think they use .300 Winmag since 308 rifles can be easily rechambered for it.

    • Maybe, but why use a dated design that weighs almost 20lbs? Design one from the ground up using lighter materials and modern production processes.

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  • tiger

    The ’55 Mercedes 300sl Gullwing of rifles. Very cool………….

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Wasnt this line discontinued because they were too fragile for the field?

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      Too expensive.

      • mcjagermech

        that’s so hard to believe!

      • BrandonAKsALot

        *too erotic

        • MikeD

          Brandon, I couldn’t figure out how to contact you in private. Also the comments were closed on the article I’m contacting you about. The AK magazine article… I wanted to tell you that they are definitely not made in two halves and epoxied together. What might look like a line on the exterior forming two halves is actually just the part line from the mold. They ground the flashing away along the exterior part line. If you take one apart you will see they usually don’t bother grinding the bottom surface. You will also see there is no part line on the interior of the magazine and that the pattern and surface flow unbroken and that because it is formed by a solid core. Another giveaway that it’s one solid body are the metal inserts. It would be way to hard to try and overmold the inserts into just one half and expect them to fit so tightly and flush on the other half. Just thought you would like to know this. It is a great article and am sure you don’t like being misinformed and misinforming others.

          • BrandonAKsALot

            Appreciate it. I actually read that in the collecting the AKM magazine article and just never really realized the interior had no seem. Obviously I saw it didn’t, but it never clicked for me. I have quite a few corrections from the original article especially now that I’m working on the 5.45 section.

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  • DIR911911 .

    no video , no link , why do you waste our time??

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      I can’t control when he releases a video.

      • DIR911911 .

        then there’s really nothing to be posting , my statement stands

  • disqus_0jln85eNvY

    ..also reminds me of an awesome Jean Claude Van Damme movie, Double Team. Not because of Dennis Rodman. No. Because of the scene in Italy where a sniper uses a WA 2000. I love that movie because of all the bizarre and obscure weaponry references; it was because of that movie I started collecting rare and bizarre firearms…

  • Richard

    Lucky bastard indeed.

  • Blake

    I’ve always liked the design of the WA 2000. A modern take on it chambered in 7mm Rem Mag would be pretty amazing.

  • The_Champ

    Hope he gets into the guts of the thing along with shooting it.

  • Andrew

    This just reminds me that TFB TV teased a shooting video of the PSG1 over a year ago and then never did it.

  • Willie

    You could buy a PSG1 here in Europe if you wanted to, there is one for sale right now for only 5K euro. I already poses a Keppeler KSV or else I might have bought it myself….

  • POsP-Eye

    Yeah, yeah. I know what you’re going to say. BUT…
    For years I’ve asked and heard every excuse imaginable for why nobody wants to try to make reproductions of certain firearms, but seriously… Why is nobody making a repro of this?!!
    …and the SVD…
    … … …VSS Vintorez, Russian bullpup prototypes, on and on…
    Yes, it would take some work. Yes, it would end up being hella expensive. — So what? And the WA-2000 is the perfect example for my indignation. Keep it under $10K and you could still call it a bargain – relatively speaking. If you’ve been following InRange’s interview series with Mac of HMG regarding their version of the StG-44, that is a great example / test-case on many levels: it takes someone with skill, knowledge, & especially passion (those first two unfortunately rule *me* out, at least for another decade or two); it takes time, research, and effort; you may have a hard limit to the interest within a niche market; and yet there is a huge amount of support and excitement around the project – even before a smoothly running prototype has been displayed! It also shows that people are more receptive to minor adjustments and/or improvements in the design than I would’ve thought. This could be encouraging news for a future / hypothetical WA-2000[R] project since, as Ian hinted above, no rifle is without flaws, and this rifle *was* a prototype-ish short-run. Plus there’s my personal belief (based on some discussions and drawings I’ve seen from people smarter than I) that there are off the shelf parts currently available that could be used for the majority of a redux WA-2000-type-thing. It may end up being cheaper and easier than an SVD or other boom-sticks people like me have been asking for for years.
    …so… Yeah. …Get on that, builders. 😀