Rhineland Arms had some very unique guns on display at their SHOT Show booth. They had two replicas of legendary designs (WA 2000 And FG-42) that are far more accessible than the originals.
[SHOT 2023] WA 2000 And FG-42 Reproductions You Can Afford: Rhineland Arms R2000 And FG-9
Walther WA 2000 rifles are almost nonexistent in the US market and if you are lucky enough to find one, it will likely cost as much as a sports car. Well, now you too can LARP as James Bond in The Living Daylights with the R2000. This kit uses the guts of an AR-15 in a chassis kit that looks like a miniature WA 2000. It is compatible with any small-frame AR caliber barrel and bolt the user wants to supply, including 6mm ARC or 6.5 Grendel. Also, straight-pull bolt action version is also available for people who live in restrictive jurisdictions.
The kit retails for $915 with finished wood or $765 with unfinished wood parts. Both R2000 kit options are shipping now though there is a substantial backlog. Rhineland Arms CEO Thomas Seidel also let slip that a large-frame AR-10 version is in the works.
The other Rhineland gun on display was the FG-9, which is a miniature 9mm FG-42. It is available in two models. The Standard version has a 16.25″ barrel with a removable muzzle device. The shorter Alpine model uses a pinned muzzle device to get to the legally-required 16″ barrel length. The Standard model is threaded 1/2×28 and is compatible with suppressors. Both versions are available for order and retail for $915. Both versions also use Colt-pattern 9mm AR magazines, but a Glock-pattern magazine adapter is in the works. Also, in keeping with the recent resurgence of the caliber, a 5.7x28mm version is coming soon.
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