I love the current large-format pistol caliber pistols in the firearm world. That’s a helluva mouthful just to say ‘braced pistol.’ You know, guns like the Ruger PC Charger, the Micro Scorpion, the SIG MPX K, the CMMG Banshee, and all the other micro pistol caliber braced pistols. I just call them subguns and blame that on my love of submachine guns. I was a kid raised on ‘Die Hard’ and ‘Cobra’ so what do you expect?

Along with the rise of braced pistol subguns, we’ve also seen the rise of a supportive industry to cater to them. One such company is Lynx Defense and their Byte bag.

The Byte pictured here is loaded down with multiple guns, almost a 100 rounds of ammo, body armor, and a medical kit (Travis Pike for TTAG)

The Byte – Inside and Out

Lynx Defense built the Byte as a discreet submachine gun or PDW bag. It’s not loaded down with the typically tactical telltale features like MOLLE straps, hook and loop fields, and all that fun stuff.

On the outside, it’s just grey and black with an embroidered Lynx head logo. The only real hint as to what’s inside is the small tag that exclaims Lynx Defense.

This is the only real ‘give away’ that this is a gun bag (Travis Pike for TTAG)

On the outside, we have both a carry strap and a handle. Users can choose to swap the carry strap around for an over-the-shoulder configuration, or you can move the strap to the back and use it as an oversized sling bag, like a Range Backpack.

The strap and handle are both super wide like a seatbelt and that extra width helps support whatever you choose to stash in the bag.

One Thick Brief case handle (Travis Pike for TTAG)

My loaded-down bag weighs 17.5 pounds, and the padded strap never feels like it’s digging into my shoulder. I packed it and carried it around my house, yard, and even on a half-mile walk to check my mail at the end of a dusty trail. The weight tugged at my shoulder, and I’d occasionally swap, but the strap never dug in or caused pain.

The strap is quite broad and comfortable. This pad helps quite a bit when it comes to comfortable carry (Travis Pike for TTAG)

The grey portion of the Lynx Defense Byte outlines a small external pocket. It’s big enough to pack some small essentials. I tossed in a notebook, a battery, and a spare magazine with room for more. It could be a dedicated IFAK pouch, carry a good bit of ammo, or ear and eye protection. It’s a generous pouch, but sits flat when not in use.

These straps allow you to lock down basically any gun (Travis Pike for TTAG)

What Fits In the Byte?

Inside the main compartment, we get a roomy pouch fitted with a loop panel. Loop as in hook and loop. Two straps with a layer of hook backing are positioned in the bag and allow you to position and tie-down your braced pistol or submachine gun.

Lynx Defense lists compatibility with the following firearms:

H&K
HK SP5
HK MP5K
HK MP7A1

Sig Sauer
Sig Sauer Rattler Folded
Sig Sauer MPX Copperhead

CZ
CZ Scorpion Micro
CZ Scorpion Pistol
CZ Scorpion Folded
Palmetto State Armory
PSA AKV w/ Folding Stock (SKU# 5165490611)

B&T
APC9 Pistol
APC9 SMG Folded
APC9 PRO / APC40 PRO Folded
TP9-N
GHM9 Compact Gen 2
GHM45

Q
Honey Badger
Mini Fix 300 BLK Pistol

Miscellaneous
AR Pistols w/ <10.5″ Barrel with Law Folder
SBR’s with <10.5″ Barrel with Law Folder

Stashing Gats

In my testing, I can confirm it fits the CMMG Banshee and PC Charger as well. The interior pouch is 20 inches wide and provides plenty of room for most SMG-sized firearms. If you want a larger option of the same bag, check out the Lynx Defense Bronx and Bureau bags. The main pocket of the Byte is large enough to fit a wide variety of accessories with your firearm.

Cover body armor, guns, and medical kit makes me feel like I’m playing spy (Travis Pike for TTAG)

Lynx Defense also sent me individual pistol and pistol magazine attachments. So besides my Banshee Mk17, I added a P320 AGX and three extra P320 magazines in the bag. These guns share magazines, so the setup made sense. I had some extra room, so what else could I add?

Some optional attachments make organization easy (Travis Pike for TTAG)

How about a My Medic trauma kit? It fits perfectly and gives me a must-have medical kit. I was slowly turning my Lynx Defense Byte bag into some kind of super-spy kit you’d see in an action movie.

To stay on the theme, I added a Tru-Spec Armor shirt equipped with a Premier Armor soft panel. Now I was loaded with a little soft armor, two firearms that share magazines and ammunition, both sporting red dots — a total of 97 rounds of 9mm — a medical kit, and a few other goodies.

Everything is strapped in and secured for maximum organization (Travis Pike for TTAG)

Zipped Up and Packed

Once the Byte was zipped up, it didn’t look overly bulky and there was no telltale printing. The front and pack are padded. That adds a much-needed layer of protection that also prevents printing and gun-like shapes from being evident. It looks like a slightly oversized laptop bag.

The little extra pocket it perfect for extra storage of admin items (Travis Pike for TTAG)

With all my stuff loaded, I went on that aforementioned half-mile walk. I live down a very long dirt road, so plenty of time and space to get some exercise and carry a big bag. I swapped shoulders every now and then, and picked up my mail. I popped the bag open and was happy to see nothing had slid in the bag. Both of my guns and all of my magazines stayed perfectly in place.

Guns, ammo, and medical gear all at hand (Travis Pike for TTAG)

This isn’t a bug-out bag, but if the hook and loop sucks, then your guns might rattle around, and that’s not good. The Byte keeps the guns and gear secure, carries them well, provides a good degree of discretion and protection. It’s simple, well-made, and, as the tag says, handcrafted in the US of A. Price = $169.99.

9 COMMENTS

  1. It literally says DEFENSE on the front of the bag; there is nothing discrete about that. Go get a kids backback from a thrift store with a dark color scheme, or an old stained up laptop / book bag, then it can be called “discrete”.

    This is akin to having “SAFE / SECURITY” on the truck that is dropping or installing a safe in your home, it advertises to the world that you have something worth stealing. This bag is big fat target for thieves.

    • 98% of the people you run into in your daily life would never notice that little tag, but about 1 minute with a small pair of scissors would make short work of that tag. The truth is any bag that could contain a laptop is a target for thieves.

      Personally I use a Targus messenger style laptop bag I bought at a garage sale for $5 to carry my MP5k around.

  2. Nope, not discrete at all. Maybe a real good case, not arguing that one. But there’s nothing covert about a gun case for anything larger than a concealable handgun.

  3. I carry my Kel-Tec Sub2000, several 33 round fun sticks and some miscellaneous crap in an actual laptop bag.

  4. I bought a case that looks like it holds a tennis racquet. That’s discrete.

    This case screams GUN.

  5. I picked up a used Timbuk2 laptop bag and it has features which could make it a pretty good range bag. I gifted it to my son for college – it only cost me $4 from a flea market booth. I would have to break down my AR pistol to get it in, but, meh, no big deal.

    The real issue is so what – who really totes an SBR or pistol carbine around – where? – to be conveniently armed with all that gear? Not on campus, despite some bragging it’s done, major metros aren’t known for being gun friendly and for the most part we accept our role as bystander in a gunfight is to not participate as the down range berm. So, yes, the bag concept is cool, it comes up regularly on gun forums, and for the most part, nobody does it. Like those who claim they have half a dozen alternate uppers for their one AR15 lower. What really happens is they all get finished, and for me, the gun range bag I use for my AR pistols is an M60 barrel bag. I’m on a range – it’s obvious it’s a gun. If I pulled out a laptop then I might get weird looks. I’m not pulling out a PCC in a high population density zone, I’m pulling out a small ten round 9mm from my concealed carry holster. And only if I perceive that someone is trying to make me a bullet stop.

    Buy it because its a cool range bag, it’s not going to be all that walking into a mall.

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