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: