A trigger lock taken to the extreme

Like most of the gun community, here at TFB we are not fans of trigger locks (locks built into a gun, not locks designed to secure a firearm). They are just one more thing that could go wrong and prevent you using your gun at a time when your life depends on it. The Maxton’s Art Gallery have taken this concept to the extreme by creating a gun, named The Intimidator, that is itself both a lock and a puzzle.



Not only does the puzzle contain the gun parts, but ammunition as well. Three .45 Caliber bullets, black powder pellets and 209 shotgun primers are locked inside the puzzle.

The power case and three blackpowder pellets.

The power case and three blackpowder pellets.

Three shotgun primers.

Three shotgun primers.

The gallery does not list a price for this pistol, but their other puzzles sell for over $1,000, so I would expect this to sell for a fair bit more.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Dom Lamson

    Does anyone else thing of an overly complicated golden gun?

    • William Johnson

      This is just begging to be put in a movie

  • gb7
    • bbmg

      Beat me to it 🙂

    • M.M.D.C.

      A blast from the past. I thought I had seen it before.

      Whatever happened to SpudGun?

      • Kai

        Yeah, what did happen to SpudGun? Haven’t seen a comment from him for like 3 years

  • Dan

    Why is there a $200 NFA stamp? I didn’t think black powder was subject to the NFA, and isn’t the AOW tax $5 anyway?

    • BryanS

      Black powder makes it not a firearm. So no NFA (or FFL!).

      AOW is $5 transfer tax, the maker is still subject to SOT and related licensing and IIRC, its a $200 fee to make.

      • Cymond

        I was under the impression that a SOT doesn’t pay a tax per-item, but rather per-year. I think the $200 tax to build an AOW only applies to a Form 1 build.

  • sianmink

    Something to keep busy with on a long airline flight.

  • Mystick

    Wow… I surely hope this device is a statement poking fun at the push for absurdly complex integral trigger lock laws in a novel manner.


    I still don’t see a “gun” anywhere.

    • dan citizen

      it’s a project by an artist.

      • Mystick


  • dan citizen

    Damn, an intruder…. maybe he’ll help me build this thing!

    • Paladin

      Not all guns are made for defensive purposes. Some, like this one, are just for fun. It seems we spend so much time debating defensive use of firearms that sometimes we forget how fun they are.

      • Verner

        Whatever the original goal of the artist was, this is creative. It’s fun. I don’t care what the political or philosophical message should be, I want one.

        • dan citizen

          I agree 100%

    • bbmg

      Bill Burr has an amusing segment along the same lines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9iYvyffAh4&feature=player_detailpage#t=256

  • Michael R. Zupcak

    This is what NYPD should be required to carry 😉

  • LCON
  • Dave The Great

    That’s cool! I want one. I don’t care if it’s not a great defensive item; I have guns made for that purpose – which is also why I don’t care if my single-shot .22 short rifle is ready for combat use, or my flintlocks, or any of the other toys. C’mon, gang, they aren’t all for defending against invading hordes!

    If the only reason to own one is for self-defense, than any collection larger than three or four guns is pointless. You can only carry so many at once, after all.

    Let’s all just admit that some of our guns are purely for enjoyment, and drop the constant “oh no, it may not save my life when ninjas attack!” stuff.

  • UniontownOne

    This is EXACTLY what I want to arm myself with if I start delivering pizzas!

  • Windy Wilson

    How can we ensure that every gang-banger in America is armed only with one of these?

  • Secundius

    Isn’t this taking the Chinese Puzzle Box and Rubik’s Cube, too the extreme.