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Using Technology to Train – Updated with Mantis X10!

When I received a MantisX ( ) as a gift a couple years ago, I was a bit perplexed as to what the little black-box device was supposed to do, I was skeptical.  A couple of years later I am still using the MantisX and I’m still impressed with how it performs.  Attach the device, connect the phone or tablet, collect the data; it’s that easy.  I didn’t think MantisX could make their device any more wiz-bang than it was; then they came out with the Mantis X10 Elite – Shooting Performance System.

A new shooter receives feedback using the new Mantis X10 Elite

The Mantis X10 Elite is the next revolution of the breakthrough product MantisX.  Yes, the company had a few other steps between the MantisX and the Mantis X10 but somehow, I missed all that. 

The Mantis X10 retains the general shape and look of the MantisX but is more compact and allows the user to install and remove the device without tools now, (it’s like they were actually listening to customers’ requests or something!)

The Mantis X10 is still rechargeable (via a USB port) and comes with a BR7 Barrel Mount Picatinny Rail for rifles and shotguns.  The BR7 mount creates a standard 1913 picatinny rail system on bull barrel long guns and includes 5 different size spacers.  The BR7 Barrel mount allows you to use the Mantis X10 on all round barrel type firearms and is ideally suited for 12, 16, 20, 28-gauge shotguns and all kinds of rifles with an outer diameter of 15-24 mm.

Mantis still offers solutions for attaching to pistols without normal attachment points with Picatinny rail interfaces that attach to the bottom of your pistol’s magazine. 

Recoil analysis and holster draw analysis have been added to the array of sorcery that Mantis has figured out.  You can use the Mantis X10 in live-fire, dry-fire, and even with CO2 powered firearms. 

The Mantis X10 has mastered dynamic shooting!  No more slow-fire to get accuracy, you can rapid fire and engage multiple targets or even shoot on the move and it’s still going to give you the feedback you need and want.

You turn the device on and synchronize it to your iOS or Android-based device and watch the magic happen.

Attach the Device, Connect the Phone, Collect the Data

Through the magic of technology, that I have no way of explaining on my own, the device records and analyzes every shot you make on your firearm that it is attached to.  According to MantisX, the sensor measures and memorizes the movements of the firearm on a hypothetical cartesian plane (yeah, I still don’t know what or how it’s doing this wonderful magic either other than math.)  The MantisX system takes this data and assigns a score to each shot.  It then translates all this (magical) data to your handheld device via Bluetooth and turns it into useable feedback.  It’s like a highly skilled firearms instructor in a case that is much easier to carry around with you.

Fix Your Mistakes – Don’t Reinforce Doing Things Wrong!

The aspect of this device that I found to be the most useful was the way it returned the data to me on the app for correcting my errors.  It was a bit spooky to see how accurate the reading of the target on the screen compared to my actual shots on the paper were!  The app provided me accurate real-time feedback on what I did during the shot that caused a miss and what I could do to correct the error.

One of the beauties of this device is its usefulness in dry-fire practice.  You can use it on a regular firearm and conduct dry-fire training with it or even install the little black box on your SIRT, , training pistol and take your training to another level.  Most great shooters spend much of their training time doing dry-fire practice!

Use MantisX To Coach

Another great application of this tool is for instructors.  If you have a shooter that is struggling and/or you’re struggling with diagnosis of the errors they’re making, install this device on the gun for the training session and let it record the data for you.  Review the data with the student and allow it to provide hard, data-driven feedback, which is personalized to them of what they are doing with the mechanics of the shot.

The system will provide the shooter data-driven suggestions (and a second voice other than yours) of what is going wrong!  Simply attach the device to the shooters gun, go into the app settings, and make sure that the setting of pistol or rifle and left or right hand etc. are all correctly selected and you are in business.

LE Agency, Assign Dry-Fire Time with Mantis X10

Having a problem shooter that you want to go home and do dry-fire practice but want to ensure that the practice is done and done properly?  Install the MantisX, have them download the app themselves, and send it home with them to practice!  They can save and share the sessions with you, allowing you to see what’s going on when they practice.

The potential to this device is greater than I first realized, and I look forward to continuing to use it.  It’s a great tool for both the new shooter and the experienced/skilled shooter.

Get a Mantis X10, it’s like having an instructor in your pocket only much lighter and probably smarter.

Worth Every Penny

Cost for the Mantis X10 Elite – shooting performance system is $249.99.  Other packages at different price points are available, BUY NOW.

Have the old model of the MantisX and want the new one?  Mantis allows you to turn the device you have into the one you want!  Purchase the new Mantis model and complete the Mantis trade-in form.  Mail the completed form AND your old Mantis system back to Mantis.  Once they’ve received and confirmed your return, they will issue the corresponding refund to the payment method used for the new Mantis product! 

What do you get for your money with the X10 Elite? It comes with the Mantis X10 Elite Sensor, MantisX app with future free updates (for use on your iOS and Android smartphone/tablet that supports Bluetooth 4.0), micro-USB charging cable, BR7 Barrel Mount, Mantis X10 Case + foam insert, Quick Start Insert 1-year warranty, and it’s Made in the USA. 

About the Author /

Heath has been a law enforcement officer in the Great Pacific Northwest since 1993 and trains as a pistol and rifle instructor for both law enforcement and civilians. He also serves as an advanced armorer on pistols and rifles. If you're looking for training or would like to contact him, he can be reached at

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