Town gives back valuable shotgun man turned in at hazardous waste amnesty

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Kudos to Hoover Councilman Gene Smith for helping saving this old shotgun from being melted down.

The SXS German-made double, likely a black powder gun made with Damascus steel, dates from 1892 and is thought to be worth four figures. (Photo: Jon Anderson/Hoover Sun)

An 84-year-old man was able to recover a 19th Century German shotgun that he dropped off to be disposed of after city officials pointed out it was likely valuable.

The Hoover Sun reported that the North Alabama city of Hoover had a pretty good haul at an annual event designed to get rid of household hazardous waste such as old paint, pesticides, batteries and questionable cleaning products, with some 1,400 area residents dropping off items on April 19. There was, however, a little bit of boom dropped off to include a .22 revolver, a pellet gun, 50-75 pounds worth of ammo (mostly oxidized shotgun…

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