The Walther WA 2000 bullpup sniper rifle was first manufactured and designed in the early 1970's by the Carl Walther GmbH Sportwaffen company from the its inception as a specialized police and law enforcement sniper rifle and not as an adaptation of an existing rifle.
Different from any other sniper rifles of the period of which it was created, WA-2000 was not a modified or converted sporting or hunting rifle, but an entirely novel design with some remarkable and specialized features.
The sniper rifle is constructed in the bullpup style. The purpose of constructing in the bullpop style is to achieve the most compact package while maintaining suitably long barrels for sniper tactical action. Basic chambering of the fiream was .300 Winchester Magnum, with a proven effective range well beyond 800 meters.
This is achieved with optional chamberings for 7.62mm NATO (.308 win) and 7.5mm Swiss. The Walther WA 2000 is a gas operated, semiautomatic rifle, with rotating bolt. These attributes give the weapon the ability for extremely quick follow-up shots if necessary. The free fluted match barrel is fluted and heavy. The weapon's trigger and stock are adjustable. Its folding bipod is mounted on the specialized ramp above the barrel and could be positioned back or forward to achieve maximum comfort on position according to the user. Overall, the WA-2000 was a very accurate and strong rifle, but average unit price for the weapon was too high this resulted in minimal sales. The WA-2000's poor sales kept it from full scale production.