The Recluse earned a patent for more than its sound-suppression capabilities; it also has the ability to make any round sub-sonic.

How the Spike’s Tactical Recluse is making noise:

  • The Recluse not only suppresses a round’s report, but also slows any bullet’s velocity to sub-sonic speeds.
  • It accomplishes this through barrel porting, siphoning off some of the gases.
  • The design recently was issued a patent.
  • The Recluse is also a single NFA stamp gun, given the suppressor lengthens the barrel over 16-inches.

Typically, when talking suppressors one style comes to mind — the removable variety. By far the most common, if a shooter owns one or has seen one at their local range it is most likely one of the many threaded units that have flooded the market in recent years.

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Even with their abundance and relatively affordable price points, the traditional style of suppressor is giving way to more holistic systems. Integrally suppressed rifles and pistols have gained a toehold and, given the innovations incorporated into a number of the designs, they don’t look hit the skids anytime soon. A good example is Spike’s Tactical’s Recluse Rifle.

Unleashed upon the greater shooting world in 2016 as the Brown Recluse, the pistol caliber carbine’s built-in sound-suppression system does more than muffle its report. It does so literally for any 9mm round — sub- or super-sonic — run through its blowback action. No small feat, given it typically takes some pretty toned down ammo to get the most out of a can.

The Recluse pulls off this coup with a rather ingenious bit of engineering buried under its suppressor tube — a ported barrel. Situated behind the baffles, the ports allow some of a round’s gases to escape, slowing a bullet’s velocity and thus eliminating the crack of the projectile breaking the sound barrier. This was one part of the equation that, in late March, earned Spike’s a patent on the upper assembly of the Recluse.

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The other, given the abbreviated barrel (1:10 twist), is the pistol caliber carbine only requires one NFA tax stamp. Spike’s accomplished this by permanently affixing the forward tube to the barrel nut to create an extension greater than 16-inches. This gives the weekend 3-Gun warrior as much chance of owning the 7.5-pound Recluse without taking a second mortgage as a local law-enforcement agency.

To the surprise of no one, given the technology, Spike’s Recluse still runs a pretty penny, even with one stamp. The carbine’s MSRP is $2,230 before paying Uncle Sam’s share. But, aside from the advance suppression system, shooters get a ton of top-end features.

Among some of the more notable are a 12-inch BAR2 rail, dedicated lower receivers for Colt and Glock magazine compatibility, jeweled mil-spec trigger and cut down ejection port. The Recluse comes decked out with a Magpul CTR Stock and MBUS front and rear sights.

For more information on the Recluse check out Spike’s Tactical: www.spikestactical.com


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