Spike’s solid billet upper and lower Biohazard receivers offer a…

Spike’s solid billet upper and lower Biohazard receivers offer a strong base to build a tough rifle.

Only you know exactly what you want and how you want it, and in a world where the customer is king, Spike’s Tactical aims to please. The AR rifle platform has certainly come a long way from when I started shooting and using them more than 20 years ago, and the fully customized AR rifle that Tom Miller, CEO of Spike’s Tactical, based in Apopka, Florida, sent me for evaluation is a shining example of this.

Spike’s Tactical has released the new ST Vanguard AR, a semi-auto, direct gas impingement rifle in 5.56mm with a 16-inch, Lothar Walther fluted stainless steel barrel and mid-length full-quad rail handguard. Spike’s Tactical started with their Biohazard upper and lower receiver set, each machined from a solid aluminum 7075 billet with a Type III hardcoat anodized finish. The billet upper and lower receiver is certainly beefier than on a standard AR and gives the whole rifle a very solid and slightly more angular look than a Mil-Spec gun without looking or feeling oversized.

The Spike’s Tactical ST Vanguard rifle felt rock solid but handled lighter than it looked. Shown here with an EOTech HWS, SureFire’s G2X Tatical light and LaserMax’s rechargeable Genesis green laser.

The lower receiver has a heavy-duty, oversized triggerguard with all the sharp edges beveled away. Unlike a Mil-Spec triggerguard, it does not fold down, as it is part of the lower receiver itself, but it is certainly large enough for use with gloved hands. The rifle is also fully ambidextrous, including safety, with well-designed pictograph bullet markings. The right side of the safety selector is also thoughtfully cut down so that it does not interfere with a right-handed shooter’s trigger finger. There is also a Norgon ambidextrous steel magazine release that is slightly extended and oversized. An uncommon but welcome feature is the ambidextrous bolt release, which can be easily activated with the trigger finger for a right-handed shooter.

Spike’s solid billet upper and lower Biohazard receivers offer a strong base to build a tough rifle.

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  • Sean

    Looks like Spikes has something new and cool that will rock the market. This kind of looks like Black Rain. The guys at Black Rain do a good job. Spikes always make sure the quality goes in first! I am sure this is a rifle I need to take a closer look at. Wonder if Tom will send me one to test? This is going to be interesting…