The Byrna HD A Non-Lethal Self-Defense Airgun

It’s a sad sign of the times that so many people feel concerned about their safety. If you’re among them – or your spouse is – you may well be interested in the Byrna HD. It’s a non-lethal self-defense airgun.

The Byrna HD A Non-Lethal Self-Defense Airgun

Pronounced “bur-nah”, the Byrna HD (Home Defense) is a CO2-powered hand-held personal security device that’s claimed to be best in class. It fires hard, solid plastic “Kinetic” projectiles which do not break upon impact and can discourage, deter, and delay an attacker.

The Byrna HD can also fire 68 caliber chemical irritant projectiles filled with a highly potent cocktail of OC (pepper spray) and CS (tear gas) all in one shot – where legal.

This non-lethal self-defense airgun can effectively deter, disorient, and disarm would-be attackers at standoff distances up to 60 Feet, says the manufacturers. The compact design is ideal for concealed-carry and can be taken virtually anywhere, they add.

One of the primary benefits is that the Byrna HD is that – although powered by a CO2 cartridge – that cartridge is not punctured until the moment of the first shot. That means that there’s no potential issues with the CO2 cartridge leaking-down with time.

The Byrna non-lethal self-defense airgun is sold as a kit that’s suitable for self-defense and training. Powered by CO2, it is promoted as a realistic and effective solution for those looking for an alternative to traditional firearms.


– Up to 300 FPS average projectile speed

– Ergonomic honeycomb grip for control in all conditions- Improved sights for faster target acquisition
– Straight trigger with a 6.5 Lb. trigger pull weight on the second shot and smoother press
– Ambidextrous safe/fire switch that allows for easy toggling for both left-handed and right-handed individuals

The Byrna SD Kinetic Kit comes in a protective, zippered carrying case with everything you need to get started:

– One Byrna SD Launcher (multiple color choices are available)
– Two 5-Round Magazines
– Two Byrna 8-Gram CO2 Cartridges
– Two 5-Round Tube of Byrna Kinetic Projectiles
– One 5-Round Tube of Byrna Eco-Kinetic Projectiles

This non-lethal self-defense airgun is able to shoot a range of projectiles. These include training rounds, and Kinetic projectliles. If required, there’s also Byrna Max Projectiles available.

These offer the most powerful pepper and tear gas blend all in one shot, with quick-acting incapacitating effects, higher dispersion, and higher concentration of chemical irritants than any other round found on the market today, says the manufacturer. Byrna Max projectiles are designed for maximum stopping power.

As an alternative, Byrna Pepper Projectiles contain a blend of Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) and PAVA, making it one of the most powerful pepper projectiles on the market. Again where legal.

There’s a ton of information in this video…

There’s a range of projectiles and accessories available at the Airguns of Arizona website.

In it’s basic configuration, the Byrna HD uses proprietary 8 Gram CO2 cartridges. These give around 20 shots.

However there is a Byrna SD Boost Adapter adapter available that allows the much more common 12 Gram cartridges to be installed. This delivers an increase in shot capacity to 30 rounds per cartridge. That sounds like a “must have” upgrade to the HAM Team!

The Byrna HD A Non-Lethal Self-Defense Airgun


Needless to say, there are restrictions on where it’s legal to buy and own the Byrna HD non-lethal self-defense airgun. There’s more restrictions on where it’s legal to possess the pepper and chemical irritant projectiles.

So HAM advises that any potential purchaser carefully checks on State and local laws. For sure, Airguns of Arizona is NOT shipping to the following locations…

  • Hawaii
  • Manhattan, NY
  • Bronx, NY
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • Queens, NY
  • Staten Island, NY
  • Yonkers, NY
  • Washington, D.C.
  • San Francisco, CA

This is going to be a VERY popular product!

Byrna HD Kinetic Kit, Orange