Let’s face it, nobody likes to miss targets at the range in front of all your friends. The Mantis X shooting performance system is just what you need to get some solid live feedback without wasting tons of money in ammo. At first, I was pretty skeptic about it reporting from the Mantis X sensor to my phone but it actually tracked really well. I even tried to confuse it a few times by going off target and it tracked it off screen and showed me on the movement diagram.
Getting to the review, when I first opened it I noticed an amazing amount of detail and thought put into the presentation of the Mantis X. It comes in a very nice padded custom foam fitted box and opens up to a nice travel case with the sensor and micro-USB charging cord. After a quick visual inspection while the Mantis X phone app was downloading on my phone I installed it on my EDC a Glock 19. Installing was literally a breeze as I used the quick detach set screw so I slipped on the sensor and tightened the screw and I was done.
Although I am not one to toot my own horn but my first training benchmark I scored a 96.3 average which I assume is pretty good. The second benchmark was a support hand only but there are several others you can do with the system. The overall feeling I get while going through the training on the phone app is overwhelming they have literally thought of almost everything! I am very thoroughly impressed with how detailed they went with the training regiment and the best part is that it gives active feedback. If you pull to the left or right it will tell you what you did to help correct your shooting instantly and then show you the diagram.
The way life happens very commonly getting to a range can be simply out of the question with hectic schedules but the Mantis X can be safely used in the comfort of your living room. The Mantis X will also time your magazine changes which is always a great area to practice with your EDC it creates a great muscle memory. You can also use the Mantis X in a holster if you have a light bearing holster my holster was setup for a Streamlight TRL1-HL. The retention wasn’t great with the sensor in place of the light but it was usable. I have however seen some kydex makers make specific holsters for the Mantis X rather cheap though for just around $40.
Dryfiring doesn’t replace live training but it can be a great tool to help you effectively put rounds down range. My overall opinion on the Mantis X is if you can do 15-20 minutes a few times a week your next range trip will show your effort pay off. The price is $149.99 on these bad boys and it sounds steep but its really not, imagine having unlimited ammunition to shoot and train with. I see it as an all around solid tool to better yourself without wasting piles of money on live ammunition. If you really want a challenge try the Mantis X on a double action pistol! Challenge yourself! Excel! You can check them out here.