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Title: Ashes to... Gunpowder?
Post by: Ks_Sniper on October 03, 2011, 01:32:20 PM
U.S. company turns gun lovers' ashes into ammunition

MOBILE, Ala (Reuters) - There's something to be said for going out with a bang.

Two Alabama game wardens have devised a smoking send-off for avid hunters and gun enthusiasts. For a small fee, they will turn cremated ashes into ammunition that the deceased's loved ones can fire at will.

Since it launched in Jyly Holy Smoke LLC has had only two clients, but founders Thad Holmes and Clem Parnell said they have seen an uptick in prearrangements thanks to word-of-mouth and a recent flurry of international press.

"It's about celebrating life," Holmes, a 16-year state conservation officer, said on Friday. "We know how strange it sounds to people who aren't comfortable around guns, but for those who are, it's not weird at all."

Four years in the making, Holy Smoke was born during a late-night stakeout to thwart illegal hunting. Parnell had recently lost a family member, and the conversation shifted to their own reservations about traditional methods for disposing of the departed.

Parnell and Holmes dreamed up a company that would fill shotgun shells and rifle or pistol cartridges with ashes, allowing gun enthusiasts to spend eternity the way they lived their lives.

"People take ashes and spread them across lakes or forests or throw them in rivers, and nobody thinks twice about that. This is no different," said Holmes, who noted that a pound of ash fills about 250 shotgun shells.

Costs start at $850. In addition to handling the ashes of two clients, the Alabama-based company has received inquiries from members of law enforcement, fire departments and the military.

Other clients have requested the service be carried out for their pets, particularly bird dogs who have remained faithful companions throughout the years, Holmes said.

Joyce Harrison of Spanish Fort, Alabama, said she understood why some people might recoil at the concept. But she wishes the option had been available seven years ago when her husband of 42 years died of cancer.
Title: Re: Ashes to... Gunpowder?
Post by: Ks_Sniper on October 03, 2011, 01:33:14 PM
I got a good laugh out of this, but I can see the appeal. ;D O0
Title: Re: Ashes to... Gunpowder?
Post by: Roosters Kennel on October 03, 2011, 05:00:04 PM

Sounds like a smokin hot deal ;D But all kidding aside These guys do have good intentions.
Title: Re: Ashes to... Gunpowder?
Post by: bohicajuan on October 03, 2011, 10:38:54 PM
I've already been to Afghanistan. If I go back I want to turn THEM into ashes! :twisted: O0

Now if you take me and mix my ashes into about 50 pounds of do-do and then drop it all on my ex-wife......THAT would be a good way to go out! O0 O0 O0 O0 O0
Title: Re: Ashes to... Gunpowder?
Post by: Roosters Kennel on October 03, 2011, 11:42:17 PM
I've already been to Afghanistan. If I go back I want to turn THEM into ashes! :twisted: O0

Now if you take me and mix my ashes into about 50 pounds of do-do and then drop it all on my ex-wife......THAT would be a good way to go out! O0 O0 O0 O0 O0

 O0 I like it.
Title: Re: Ashes to... Gunpowder?
Post by: John Andrews on October 04, 2011, 07:25:00 AM
I've already been to Afghanistan. If I go back I want to turn THEM into ashes! :twisted: O0

Now if you take me and mix my ashes into about 50 pounds of do-do and then drop it all on my ex-wife......THAT would be a good way to go out! O0 O0 O0 O0 O0
  O0 O0 She has to eat half the load and then get smothered by the other half!

As far as the article, it sounds like a great idea if the deceased wants to be cremated.  O0
Title: Re: Ashes to... Gunpowder?
Post by: Big58cal on October 04, 2011, 08:45:36 AM
Link to their site:  http://myholysmoke.com/Home_Page.html (http://myholysmoke.com/Home_Page.html)
 
 
Title: Re: Ashes to... Gunpowder?
Post by: Ks_Sniper on October 04, 2011, 07:11:39 PM
I can see this making it onto Facebook and stirring up trouble.

"Gonna head out to my secret spot today and shoot Bob a few times."

:roll: ;D
Title: Re: Ashes to... Gunpowder?
Post by: John Andrews on October 05, 2011, 08:21:10 AM
I can see this making it onto Facebook and stirring up trouble.

"Gonna head out to my secret spot today and shoot Bob a few times."

:roll: ;D
  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D I replaced one of my prankster hunting pal's loads with some of my home loaded paper confetti loads. I replaced the shot with paper confetti. He was dozing and woke up when I was calling some ducks. He blasted two shots off before he realized what the big cloud of shredded paper was.  ;D

Whenever anyone dozed off in the blind, he would unload their shotgun. He got paid back for that, in spades. I wouldn't want to mention his name here, but his intitials are Ron Peterson.  :twisted:  ;D