Re: Hawes .25 auto
Try the following:
1. The takedown may be a copy of the old Galesi. If so, there will be a slight notch in the left side of the slide. If you pull the slide back about 1/4 inch so that the notch in the slide lines up with the tail end of the safety, it should be possible to turn the safety all the way around so that the switch is pointing backward. At this point the takedown bolt will pop out and you know the rest.
2. If like the Reck: push in on the safety from right to left and the slide bolt will pop out.
Anyway, the key is the safety switch. It is holding the slide bolt in place. The trick is to find out what you have to do to get the safety to turn or pop out to release the slide bolt. Whatever you do, take it easy! The parts cost more than these guns are worth.
A good cleaning might do the trick. Next, try a different brand of ammo. Sometimes these little guns need a new slide spring to make them work properly.