The Puzzle Sculpture Gun

The INTIMIDATOR is a jenga-like puzzle created by artist GarE Maxton. Inside the puzzle there are a handful of objects what when combined with some of the puzzle pieces produce a .45 caliber muzzleloading pistol!

The puzzle

From Maxton’s website

The sculpture includes everything required for assembly of the puzzle pistol. Integrated into the sculpture are a customized set of tools, all necessary hardware, 45 caliber bullets, a standard sight, a laser sight, a cannister containing black powder pellets, a secure storage area for 209 shotgun primers, a spent primer removal tool and a ramrod for loading the bullets.

The puzzle disassembled
The pieces contained inside the puzzle.
The final result.


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Steve Johnson

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  • Bryan S

    OK, why the NFA stamp? Its a black powder muzzle loader.

  • West

    First customer: Dwight Schrute

  • SpudGun

    Wow, that is an incredible piece of art.

    (And I bet it’s easier to put back together then a Ruger Mk III).

  • Other Steve

    I am not understanding why he filed for a tax stamp. It’s a muzzle loader, aren’t those not even considered handguns?

    Did he file it as an AOW because it looks like something else when taken apart? Still shouldn’t need a stamp imo.

    Anyone explain?

  • Peter

    Wonder what the TSA folks at the X-ray machine would think…

  • Justin Liu

    How very pointless and cool at the same time.

  • Ed

    Am I the only one who thinks this was built so that someone could sneak a weapon past some kind of security?

  • James.Denholm

    I smell a security risk… I mean, sure, it weighs around 40 pounds, and would be a pain to assemble inside a lavatory, but still. Homeland Security now probably won’t be letting people with way-out IQs onto planes.

  • Airrider

    Francisco Scaramanga, call your service.

  • Very, very interesting. I love shooting and hunting with my muzzleloader and this is something that I need to look at buying. I doubt that it would ever be a security threat though – that much metal would set every alarm off at third world airports, leave aside sophisticated USS and Western ones. When car keys and metal pens turn these alarms off, it is doubtful that this would not do the same thing. Nope, the Al Qaeda thugs are not going to make a beeline to buy an 8’x5″x4″ modular muzzleloading pistol. 🙂

  • MrMaigo

    @Other Steve
    He’s got a picture of the $200 tax stamp on his site. I don’t know what he has it registered as, but it’s not AOW

  • MrMaigo

    video of the puzzle disassembly and firing the gun

  • Joe


    The $5 AOW tax stamp is for transfer.

    Creating an AOW required the full $200 stamp.


  • dt

    the artist intended to make the pistol in 25 caliber. Maybe that explains the tax stamp. Or license to manufacture a firearm?

  • Bandito762

    This looks like the gun the guy uses in “the man with the golden gun”

  • Roy Rapoport

    I’m frankly a little disappointed. Where are the tactical rails? The flashlight? The Magpul furniture?

    OK for a first draft, I suppose, but he should really sell the idea to Bushmaster — they’ll do the right thing with it.

  • MrApple

    I’ll just stick with my Glock.