This toy had a car or racer which got loaded into a type of shell, almost like a bullet shell. Then you put this shell into the gun and laid it flat on the floor. You pushed a plastic mechanism forward to engage the shell and then the gun was loaded and cocked. There was a safety mechanism which was a piece of plastic that needed to be pushed flat to a surface to ensure the gun would not go off while you were holding it and standing. So once you were laying flat on the ground with the gun it was sloped downward and you aimed through the aiming device on the gun and pulled the trigger the racer would come shooting out and hopefully hit one of the barrels or other targets the toy came with.