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Byrna Launcher Anatomy: Understanding Its Parts

Understanding the anatomy of the Byrna launcher is a crucial part of owning or using a Byrna gun. Since the Byrna launcher doesn’t require registration or permits, it opens the world of self-defense and home defense to a whole new audience that may not be familiar with Byrna less lethal launchers, or firearms in general. Due to the lack of knowledge of new launcher owners, we’ve created a helpful diagram, alongside information regarding each part to help users understand the anatomy of the Byrna launcher.

Byrna Launcher Anatomy

The Byrna launcher is made up of many parts. There are various parts, both internally and externally that allow the launcher to function and operate properly. In this diagram, we’ve only tackled the external parts that you can see, aside from the barrel (We chose to include the barrel in the diagram so that users do not mistake the muzzle for the barrel when referring to its parts). The launcher we chose for the diagram is the Byrna LE, the best compact launcher in the brand’s arsenal. While it isn’t a firearm, the Byrna LE is similar to that of conventional handgun anatomy.

Byrna LE Launcher Anatomy

Byrna Launcher Parts Description

Barrel: The Barrel is an internal part. It’s constructed of heavy-duty material to withstand the force of the expelled CO2 gas and projectile.

Byrna Boost: The Byrna “Boost” is a 12-gram CO2 adapter that was made to be combined with the Byrna SD, EP, and HD models. The Byrna Boost turns the 8-gram-compatible models into 12-gram compatible. The Byrna Boost Adapter comes standard on the Byrna LE Launcher.

Chamber Indicator: The Chamber Indicator is a spring-loaded part that protrudes from the top of the launcher when a projectile is present in the chamber. It was designed to give you a visual indication that the launcher is loaded with a projectile currently in the chamber.

CO2 Storage: The CO2 Storage is a compartment below the barrel where the CO2 cylinder is inserted and resides. Once you’ve removed the CO2 Storage cap, you’re able to insert a CO2 cylinder and reinstall the cap. Inside the CO2 Storage is where the mechanism for Byrna’s pull-pierce feature, which allows the CO2 cylinder to remain unpunctured in the CO2 Storage compartment until the first trigger pull.

Forward Sight: The Forward Sight is a high-contrast sight used to perfectly align the forward section of the launcher with the rear section. This feature makes it so that you can launch less lethal projectiles accurately and manage shots.

Grip: The Grip is a part of the launcher that is designed to be used by the user’s dominant hand and to house the launcher’s magazine and projectiles. Byrna launchers, in particular, also feature a honeycomb over-molded grip (an inlay with a honeycomb rubberized finish).

Magazine: The Magazine is a storage and automatic-feeding device, which is stored in the grip’s magazine well. It features a magazine spring that applies consistent pressure to projectiles, moving them toward the launching action.

Magazine Release: The Magazine Release is a small button that is used to release and eject the magazine from the grip.

Magazine Well: The Magazine Well is a hollow section in the grip that was created to accept and house the magazine. It is perfectly designed with grooves to guide the magazine up when being inserted into the grip.

Muzzle: The Muzzle is the section end of the barrel and the last part of the launcher that the projectile touches. While some conventional firearms feature threading in this section to accept a silencer or suppressor, Byrna launchers do not.

Picatinny Rail: The Picatinny Rail, often referred to as the “Accessories Rail,” is a part that is used to mount compatible tactical accessories. From laser sights to flashlights, this rail allows users to add various accessories to enhance the launcher. The Picatinny Rail on Byrna guns sits much lower than most launchers and firearms because of the dropped frame and Byrna Boost adapter.

Projectile Release: The Projectile Release is the same part of the launcher as the Chamber Indicator. While it is used to indicate that a projectile is in the chamber, it is also used as a projectile release. After you’ve pressed the magazine release and the magazine has ejected from the grip, if the Chamber Indicator is still in its “up” position or protruding, this is an indicator that a projectile is still in the chamber. To remove it, press down on the spring-loaded part and it will eject the projectile.

Rear Sight: The Rear Sight is similar to the Forward Sight, serving the same purpose. However, it is slightly more advanced and designed differently. It features two high-contrast sights that allow users to perfectly align the rear section of the launcher with the forward section. By placing the forward sight in between the rear sight, you’re able to direct the muzzle toward the target with greater accuracy.

Safe/Fire Switch: The Safe/Fire Switch is an ambidextrous toggle for left-handed and right-handed individuals used to eliminate accidental launching or shooting (or firing). It’s an easy toggle safety switch that can also be positioned in the “SAFE” position to make the initial puncture in the CO2 cylinder before shooting or launching a projectile.

Trigger: The Trigger is the part of the launcher that is used to manage the launching or shooting function of the gun. The Byrna LE, in particular, features a redesigned trigger interface, alongside a much smoother and lighter pull.

Trigger Guard: The Trigger Guard is a fixed ring positioned around the trigger to protect the exposed trigger lever.

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