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Mantis X

March 2, 2018

I have never heard any shooters say “man I have just been to the range too much lately” Or “man that was great shooting up $100 worth of ammunition and still not being able to put a full magazine into the X ring of a B27.” So the question becomes how do you become a better shooter without spending every day on the range and your child’s college fund in ammunition?

The answer used to be just Dry Fire practice with the modern striker fired handguns. What is Dry Fire? Dry fire is pulling the trigger on an empty chamber. So you must begin with a verified safe and empty handgun, ammo separate from the gun and preferably put in another room. Next, you need a location where you will not be interrupted by anyone. Once established, most of your “downrange” area must be able to stop an accidental live round.

On most modern firearms Dry Fire is perfectly safe and acceptable. The worst parts about dry fire practice, it gets boring quickly and there is only so much you can correct by yourself. Even if you can keep a penny on the front sight and break the trigger without it moving there is still room for improvement.

This is where the Mantis X system takes over. The sensor can be mounted onto the rail of a gun, it does not matter if it’s a shotgun rifle or pistol it works on them all. The sensor is then connected via Bluetooth to the Mantis X app on your phone. The Mantis X system can be used with Airsoft, CO2 and even live fire but so far I have not had a chance to do any of those so this review is being done based solely on the dry fire practice.

The sensor tracks the barrel of the gun and gives you instant feedback on what you are doing tracking both vertical and horizontal movement 200 milliseconds before during and 200 milliseconds after the shot. It then scores each shot. On top of the score the app also gives you tips on what you are doing. Are you using too much trigger finger or too little? Are you breaking your wrist? Are you anticipating the trigger break? Are you following through with your shots? The app not only explains what you are doing wrong but also what to do to correct it.

Also found in the app are 9 different training settings.
1. Open training which allows you to shoot any number of shots at your own pace.

2. The Mantis X Benchmark which is similar to the open training but you only take 10 shots and it scores each shot and gives you the average, trust me 1 shot can throw a good run down the tank and I would rather make a 100 bad shots doing dry fire than 1 bad shot when it counted.


3. The timed Benchmark. You only take 5 shots here but you start out with the gun racked and the goal is to dry fire and rack the gun and repeat for 5 shots as quickly as possible. The split between each shot is timed and each shot is scored.

4. Compressed Surprise Break. This puts the timer on a random setting. When you hear the buzzer you dryfire as quickly as possible. The app will record the score of each shot and the reaction time from the buzzer.

5. Reload in Battery. This is one you do not want any ammunition in the room when you do. Start with the gun in battery with an EMPTY magazine in the gun. You also want a 2nd EMPTY magazine. At the buzzer you drop the magazine in the gun and reload as quickly as possible.

6. Reload out of Battery. Similar to reload in battery but you start with the gun in slide lock.

7. Reload Tactical. Similar to reload in battery but you must keep control of the magazine that you are dropping out of the gun.

8. Primary hand only. This is 1 drill we don’t practice enough live or dry fire. As the name suggest you are to do this drill with the strong hand only.

9. Support hand only: Same as primary hand only but you are only using the support hand. This is probably the least practiced of all the handgun skill. Why because it is harder to do.

So how else can this app be used? One use I have found is with the M&P pistol that has the change able back straps I was able to determine which strap I shot the best with.


Now I mentioned before that the sensor would fit on any gun that had a rail but what if your gun does not have a rail? It’s a fair question and the people at Mantis x have came up with some interesting solutions. 1st one was that they came up with a mag base plate for several common pistols that do not have a rail. These include Wilson combat 1911 magazines, Glock 42 and 43, Ruger LC9 and LCP380 and the Springfield xds, xd and xdm lines.


The Mantis X does enhance the effectiveness of dry fire training.

The system can be used at either your home or the range.

The app allows you to join groups of other shooters and create your own groups so if you and your friends want to challenge each other and you all have the system go right ahead.

It keeps us honest on what is going on with the gun, no more it’s the gun, ammo, full moon, or even El Niño excuse sorry guys.



There are times when the sensor will not pick up a shot. The app does allow you to increase the sensitivity but that can also cause false positives.

If your gun does not have a rail you have to spend an extra $10-30 for a rail adaptor to be able to use the system.

Notable: The Mantis X retails at $150. While this sounds like a lot consider this, a box of 9mm FMJ ammo cost about $10 for 50 rounds. So the Mantis x cost the same as about 750 rounds of 9mm. It is not a stretch to say that you can become a better shooter with the Mantis X than you could with 750 rounds of practice.

It is my personal opinion that the benefits outweigh the cost of the Mantis X system. It helps enhance already good practice. I can say from personal experience that every night I use the Mantis X system that I have gotten better with it.


3 Responses to Mantis X

  1. Bill Harrison on March 5, 2018 at 10:34 pm


    Please call me ASAP @345-2556.  

    Bill Harrison

    GSL Charleston Regional Director

  2. Chase on March 8, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    Thanks for this. This is awesome.

  3. jboch on March 14, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    I tried it tonight.  Two and a half thumbs up!

    Good stuff.