Spike’s Tactical quietly released a brand new 9mm carbine, the Brown Recluse, on Silencer Shop’s website. Being fresh off the press and with no advertising pushing it, Silencer Shop appears to be the only source for this firearm. At the moment, it is not even listed on Spike’s own website.
Silencer Shop does a great job of explaining its awesome-ness in their product description:
Some insight into the firearm’s early popularity could be found on AR15.com. One individual asked the open-ended question of: “Please enlighten me on this 9mm integral rifle.” Silencer Shop ends up chiming into the conversation stating that they received the 1st ever shipment of this firearm. Aside from explaining the quality, they noted that all 25 Brown Recluse rifles SOLD OUT in 72 hours! It would be great to see a range battle in rifle quality between the Wilson Combat AR9 suppressed and the Spike’s Tactical Brown Recluse. As more become available and are more widely distributed and sold be on the lookout for this quality, integrally-suppressed rifle.
A carbine, chambered in 9mm, that runs off of Colt SMG mags, and is integrally suppressed… somebody pinch me! Spike’s Tactical absolutely smashed the proverbial nail on its proverbial head. This thing is awesome. Running on the Spike’s 9mm lower (that accepts standard AR components like triggers and safeties) this is one recluse that you won’t mind seeing when you open the safe.
While the lower is cool, the proprietary blowback upper is really what makes this rifle sing. The upper receiver resembles a standard AR-15, but that is where the similarities end. Completely rebuilt to run reliably on 9mm ammunition, the Brown Recluse sports: a clipped ejection port, oversized brass deflector, and a Spike’s blowback style 9mm bolt carrier group.
Did we mention this thing was integrally suppressed? The suppressor tube/body is nestled under a spikes quad-rail handguard and permanently affixed to the barrel making the Recluse a “One-Stamp Gun.” That is to say that, it is not considered a Short-Barreled Rifle because the barrel extends past the 16” requirement. The suppressor is then the only part of this firearm that is an NFA item. Speaking of the suppressor, it utilizes a traditional baffle stack (generally more efficient) which is somewhat rare in integral systems that tend to favor a more simplistic monocore.
I know some of you have gotten this far wondering the whole time if the barrel was ported or not. The answer is yes. Similar to the concept made popular with the MP-5SD, the Brown Recluse has a ported barrel to bleed off gasses and turn standard 115gr (or 124gr) FMJ’s subsonic before they pass the crown of the barrel. As with anything; science still applies. Altitude, powder and projectiles will all affect the “always subsonic” concept but we can safely say that for almost anyone firing off-the-shelf FMJ’s, the system will be subsonic!