The Krag-Jørgensen loaded by means of a box, almost a hopper, on the right side of the receiver. You opened the lid, dropped in five cartridges, and shut it. A rotary lever inside cycled the ammunition. Interestingly enough, the Springfield Krags had a magazine cutoff lever on the left side of the receiver. The Army was just getting used to the idea of repeating rifles and was afraid a bolt action would encourage soldiers to waste ammunition, causing supply problems. Many officers still believed in volley fire, also. The magazine cut-off was intended to be engaged during long-range fights, when soldiers were to use the rifle as a single shot and load one round at a time. That way the ammo in the magazine was there as a reserve, in case of close-range combat.