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Singer Hank Williams Jr. offers $6k reward for grandfather’s missing shotgun

Hank Williams Jr (Dwight McCann/WikiCommons)
May 23, 2019

A $6,000 reward is being offered by country singer superstar Hank Williams Jr. for anyone that finds his grandfather’s shotgun.

The gun is a Remington Model 11/48 16-gauge shotgun that Hank said he wants “to pass that old Remington down to my children and grandchildren” and that he’s willing to offer “fifty $100-dollar bills” and an additional $1,000 finder’s fee to whoever locates the gun, “no questions asked,” Fox News reported.

The gun belonged to Williams “Granddad Sheppard” and is a family antique. Williams made a song about his grandpa and the gun in 1973, titled “Grandpa Sheppard”, according to the Montgomery Advisor.

Williams lawyer, Steven C. Smith posted the reward on Facebook. In the post, he said, “There is no suggestion that the shotgun was ever stolen and NO RISK of any follow-up after a successful recovery. It was probably lost when Hank moved from Cullman to Paris [Tennessee]–possibly from his cabin on Smith Lake. My email is [email protected] and my phone numbers are on the flyer.”

The flyer contained a note from Williams that said, “Growing up, I spent a lot of time in South Alabama with my Granddad Sheppard. Now I’m looking for his old shotgun. I want to pass that old Remington down to my children and grandchildren.”

“I believe it’s in this area, and I’m willing to give the person who has it fifty $100 dollar bills, N QUESTIONS ASKED, no chance of criminal prosecution,” he added.

The gun’s serial number ends in 58111.

Anyone who locates the shotgun is asked to contact Smith at 256-734-4721.

Williams has five children that he could pass the gun down to. He has two sons Shelton Hank Williams, and Samuel, and three daughters, Katherine, Holly and Hilary. Shelton Hank Williams, Holly and Hilary are involved in the music industry, according to his biography.

In the event that the finder doesn’t want cash, Williams is prepared to offer something else. He said, “If the finder would prefer a gun or guitar, I’m sure that can be arranged with a proper certificate of authenticity.”

The original reward was for $5,000 but Williams added an additional $1,000 finders fee.

Williams thinks the gun might be in southern Alabama and may have gotten misplaced when the family relocated from Cullman to Paris.

Williams, who will turn 70 this month, is also known in the country music industry as Bocephus. He has countless music hits but may be best known for songs like “Family Traditions,” “A Country Boy Can Survive,” and “All My Rowdy Friends.”