Forgotten Weapons Releases WA2000 Video After Teasing Us

A few weeks back Ian McCollum of Forgotten Weapons released a teaser photo of him shooting the Walther WA2000 semi-auto sniper rifle. When we posted about it many of you were upset because the WA2000 video wasn’t done quite yet, and if I admit, I was disappointed as well.

Thankfully the video was released today and Ian goes into great detail about the development of the WA 2000, shooting impressions, and what caused the rifle’s ultimate demise. As always Ian drops some serious knowledge about the subject matter at hand and covers the two patterns of WA 2000 and what makes them different.

The rare close look at the rifle made from pure unobtainium taught me several things about the rifle that can only be taught by someone with the rifle in front of them. For example, the stock being designed to lay in the crook of the elbow instead of being supported by your off hand was interesting and was clearly taken from the target shooting world.

A couple of points rather disappointed me about the WA2000. The insane process needed to take the rifle down for cleaning makes the soldier in me a bit angry, it isn’t hard to see why they weren’t widely adopted if cost was no factor. The stovepipe malfunctions were a bit disheartening as well as the 3″ group that Ian shot at 100 Meters. Over on the In Range TV channel, Karl shot the WA 2000 and only managed a 2″ group at that same 100 meter target. They did post a much better time with the WA 2000 over the SVD Dragunov on their PRS style timed stage.

Check out both the In Range TV YouTube channel as well as Forgotten Weapons YouTube channel for more overviews of hard to find guns as well as head to head shootouts with Karl.


  • Giolli Joker

    Free floating barrel and optic directly connected to the barrel were already employed on the Famas that was developed inabout the same years and it was not a sniper rifle… (I know this thanks to Forgotten Weapons as well, btw).
    Therefore I see in the choices done by Walther designers more of a German approach of “we do it our way” rather than early R&D in yet unexplored fields.

    • ostiariusalpha

      I don’t know why everyone claims that the FAMAS-F1 is free floating, it’s pretty clearly making contact with the forend.

      • Giolli Joker

        Watch Ian’s video on it… he shows it during disassembly, I suppose I should trust him.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      I’d like to see the WA2000 vs a Nemo or Falkor 300WM AR. It’d be interesting to see old vs new.

  • DIR911911 .

    too little too late , already watched 6 other videos of it back when the fake notice was posted

  • TheNotoriousIUD
  • It strikes me that the 190gr MatchKing might be heavier and longer than what the WA2000 was intended to use. Looking back at some older sources, .300 Win Mag FMJ from RWS used to run in the 165 to 168gr range. MEN also had a 154gr solid copper hollowpoint: the SF.

    • Likewise, the stovepipes were undoubtedly due to the pressure curve of the ammunition. The rifle’s gas system simply wasn’t tuned to the Black Hills load.

    • Bloody Bucket

      Agree, SAKO make some great 300 win mag in these bullet weights, A 150 gr. Match too.

  • noob

    How did the Walther achieve such a light crisp single stage trigger in a cold war bullpup? Is there any diagram out there for the hammer linkage?

    • Drew Coleman

      Unicorn magic.

      My guess is a lot of hand fitting and precision engineering went into it.

      • that hand crafted precision is why so few were made and why they were so expensive when they were being made for sale.

  • jonp

    I don’t really trust guys with a man bun or ponytail.

  • Bloody Bucket

    I got to shoot a SVDS, one of only three in the U.S. Thanks Marko V. If you do have one or a PSL (yes, totally different gun, same use though), try S&B 174 gr Match. Hard to find but I printed four, 5 shot group at 100 yds all .75-.80 inchs with my PSL (normal with 174 gr Brown Bear is 1.25-1.50 inchs). Would love to try some in one of my Finish Mosins.

  • Bloody Bucket

    I took Marko Vorobiev’s Soviet sniper course. Soviet sniping was more inline with our SDM program. The final test was bouncing back and fourth between target from 100-600 meters. He’d call a range and you had to hit the target twice. No problem with the PSO, though I had completed the State Dept’s DDM course about a year before doing the same drill 100-800 meters with a Leupold Mark 4 LRT. Trust your log book, call the wind, and don’t get butt-hurt when you miss. Adjust and go. Win the mind-game and your GTG

  • Eric Blatter

    Over rated and very expensive rifle.