[SHOT 2022] Civilian Less-Lethal Products From Byrna Technologies
Byrna Technologies produces civilian less-lethal products that fire .68 caliber projectiles. The flagship of the lineup is the SD model, which is laid out like a handgun. Each magazine contains an 8 gram CO2 cartridge and five projectiles. Byrna claims a 60-foot effective range for the SD.
The SD’s trigger works almost like a DA/SA pistol, of sorts. The initial trigger pull is longer and heavier than successive shots because it punctures the CO2 cartridge. Since the cartridge is already punctured, follow up shots require much pull weight. Because the CO2 cartridge is not punctured until firing, it can be carried without losing pressure over time.
The Mission 4 semiautomatic launcher emulates the layout of a standard AR-15 rifle. An 88 gram CO2 cartridge sits inside the stock. The CO2 cartridge has an on/off valve between the cartridge and the launcher. The Mission 4 feeds from a 19 round magazine. Unlike the SD, the Mission 4 has an effective range of 175 feet.
Several projectile types are available from Byrna. The Max Pro projectile combines OC and CS in one package. Likewise, Pepper projectiles contain an OC irritant. Conversely, kinetic projectiles do not contain an active ingredient and do not break on impact with the target. They can be used defensively or for training purposes. The green Eco-Kinetic ammunition is designed to dissolve when wet for easy cleanup after practice. Lastly, the Pro Training projectiles contain an inert powder.
Byrna also produces a law enforcement line. Their MLR launcher is the core of that line, and is available in full auto or semi auto configurations. It feeds from a 200 round hopper and uses a compressed air tank. The air tank can be shut off using an integrated valve. The MLR is only available for law enforcement purchase.
- Max Pro – 5/$34.99, 25/$139.99
- Pepper – 5/$29.99
- Kinetic – 95/$49.99
- Eco-Kinetic – 95/$29.99, 400/$99.99
- Pro Training – 95/$74.99