This Is a Gun

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This cube may look like hell's version of Jenga, but it's actually an elaborate, 125-piece puzzle. The solution? A single-shot 45-caliber muzzle-loading pistol called the Intimidator. No, seriously. See for yourself.

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The Intimidator puzzle, by machinist GarE Maxton, comprises six different kinds of metal: aluminum, brass, bronze, copper, magnesium, and steel. When disassembled, it's an impressive array of pieces:

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Not all of those go into the weapon itself, of course. Because the Intimidator's way more than just a gun:

"[It's] a customized set of tools, all necessary hardware, 45 caliber bullets, a standard sight, a laser sight, a canister containing black powder pellets, a secure storage area for 209 shotgun primers, a spent primer removal tool and a ramrod for loading the bullets."

And if you're having a hard time visualizing all of that stuff amidst those parts, here's the finished product for you:

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That's right: not just a gun. A golden gun. Which is fair; after all that hard assembly work you deserve something pretty. [GarE Maxton via LikeCool]

DISCUSSION

I wonder if you can get it passed TSA. I just imagine some terrorist organization training people to frantically put this puzzle together as quickly as possible in a confined space with turbulence. The fastest assembler gets the job. He'd be the Forest, Forest Gump of the terrorist world.

I'm guessing the gunpowder would set off the bomb-sniffing machinery at security but I wouldn't doubt that someone is giving it a thoughts.