What would be the best way to load your Byrna Magazine?
It seems that the general perception of the load order would be to alternate between a Chemical Irritant Projectile and a Kinetic Projectile. We do not feel like this is the best option. Public reasoning behind this load order can maybe be due to the miss understanding of each projectile specific design and function.
Byrna Kinetic Projectiles are manufactured from hard solid nylon polymer material. These projectiles do not break or shatter on impact and will ricochet from a hard surface. This design property can break the window of a car, in case of an emergency, if entry is needed. Kinetic projectiles functions as a blunt impact projectile that uses blunt force power to stop the attacker. Byrna Kinetic Projectiles can cause severe damage to the face and should only be used when you must defend your life.
The outer shells of the Byrna Max Projectiles are intentionally engineered to be fragile. The mechanics behind the projectile is designed in such a way that it shatters on impact. The force of the impact allows the chemical irritant powder to spread quickly and saturate the air. When attackers are exposed to the Teargas and Pepper powder payload, they will experience sensory difficulties. Typical symptoms are gasping for air, burn sensation in throat and involuntary closing of their eyes.
When you purchase a Byrna you receive two magazines within the kit. We suggest loading each magazine with five projectiles of the same type instead of alternating between a hard kinetic and a fragile chemical projectile. By alternating between different types of projectiles in the loading process, you run the risk of breaking or even cracking the Byrna Max Projectiles. You can rather load five kinetic projectiles in one of the magazines and five chemical irritant projectiles in the other.