MantisX Training System

MantisX Training System

MantisX Training System Review

MantisX Firearms Training System
MantisX Firearms Training System

The MantisX Training System is truly a modern training tool. It assists new shooters and instructors on improving their basic firearm shooting skills. Our Pistol II class: “Shooting with Confidence” makes exclusive use of this system.

Without jumping into all the “technical” details, the MantisX Training system monitors the shooters gun movement during both live and dry fire exercises. This is extremely useful for the student because there’s no need to go to the range to use the system. In the comfort of their own home, students can dry-fire and receive real-time feedback on how their performing.  The system reports what is occurring during the shooting process and how to correct it.

 The Hardware

The device is easy to learn and operate. A picatinny rail or adapter is required to attached the device to the barrel. Be sure you mount the device so the USB charging port faces your trigger guard.

The device looks like an external rail-mounted laser. Inside, is a gyroscope that measures the movement of the barrel during trigger pull. Software installed on your Android or iOS phone reports the results. A Bluetooth connection between the phone and the device is required. Bluetooth with a lap top is not possible.

Download and install the software to your phone or tablet. The gun must be lying on a flat surface to allow the device to self-calibrate settings prior to use.

Software is available for Android, IOS, and other OS’s. Log on to the Google Store with the phone or tablet you intend to use. Download is fast and the system sets up automatically. Simply press the “on” button for 2-seconds on the MantisX Training System device. The device will discover your phone or tablet to create a Bluetooth connection. After the usual information and agreement processes, you’re ready to get to work.

The Software

Now, you might be wondering what to aim at -right? That’s the beauty of the system – it doesn’t matter. Remember, the MantisX Training System is reporting back to the software what the shooter is doing before, during, and after taking the shot – not shot placement. Pick a target, align your sites, shoot (be sure the firearm is free of all ammunition if dry-firing). After a few practice shots you can view your results on the device you’re using. The screenshot below shows how you are doing with sight alignment, sight picture, and where the shot would have landed as a result of the movement detected.

“Open Training” Screenshot

The software program provides feedback. For example, the results are the shooter is breaking his wrist and is pushing forward as they are pulling the trigger – anticipating recoil. You can press on any of the red results to see where you can improve over time with practice.

The screenshot below shows what occurred during trigger pull and trigger release.

“Trigger Pull” Screenshot

The Fundamentals: Aiming and Trigger Control

There are 5 basic fundamentals to shooting. Aiming, Breath Control, Hold Control, Trigger Control and Follow-through. Of these 5 fundamentals, Aiming and Trigger Control are the two most important. Breath Control, Hold Control and Follow-through can be improved through practice.

The screenshot below shows the movement of the barrel before, during, and after the trigger has been fired. A white dot (not visible in the screenshot) shows where you would have hit if you were shooting at a real target.

“Movement” Screenshot

Challenge Drills

Once you get the hang of the system works, there are actual challenge drills where you can practice various scenarios. Challenges include practicing basic marksmanship skills, establishing a baseline, timed shots, tactical reloads and more. Originally designed for live-fire exercises, the unit also works well for dry-fire . Dry-fire exercises will transfer to live-fire shooting skills when at the range.

The Cost of the MantisX Training System

How much does this cost? Surprisingly, very little in terms of what you receive. The unit sells retail for $149.95 which is a set price by Mantis. There’s no need to run around the Internet looking for a cheaper price – the price is the price. Depending on where you shop for ammunition, 9mm will run somewhere in the $15.00 range for 50 rounds. That means after 500 dry-fire rounds you have paid for the system. To some, that may sound like a lot of money. But in reality, the return on investment is well worth it. You will see a drastic improvement after dry-firing 100 rounds each week.

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