To load this puppy, first pull the striker back to “half-cock,” then grab the stock with your right hand and the barrel with your left. Push the button on the left side to the right with your left thumb, then pivot the barrel counterclockwise. A spent case will then be extracted but not ejected. After plucking out the empty out, you reload and pivot the barrel back into battery. After pointing the pistol in a safe direction, pull the striker all the way back and you're ready to fire. How does it shoot? Pretty good, but it's a little light for a target pistol. Although this pistol was certainly not a financial success, the machine work and finish are out of this world. Fortunately, this one came as-is. If it had the metal case, paperwork, and tools, it would have cost an extra $1,000.