Taking down the slide is easy once you get the hang of it. First you will need to move the slide back 1/4 in. Now take the magazine and use the front lip to press in the take down pin. With the slide back and the pin depressed the rear of the slide should lift off of the frame. BE CAREFUL when letting go of the take down pin, it is spring loaded and if you're not careful it can fly across the room and land behind a shelf or some other place that you have to go search for it . Finally the slide can be pull forward off of the frame.