EVAL­U­ATE YOUR CARRY READI­NESS

THE MANTISX KEEPS YOU HON­EST ABOUT YOUR SHOOT­ING ABIL­I­TIES.

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It does no good to make the same mis­takes over and over.

If you’re go­ing to carry a gun, you’d bet­ter know how to use it. That re­quires rep­e­ti­tion of both han­dling skills and tactical drills. There’s no sub­sti­tute for train­ing with a qual­i­fied in­struc­tor, but there are some things you can do on your own to make sure you’re not re­in­forc­ing bad habits.

One very good train­ing aid—and one of the eas­i­est to use—is the MantisX. This unit con­sists of a de­vice you at­tach to the rail of your hand­gun or ri­fle and an app you down­load to your smart phone.

The de­vice comes in its own sturdy, lit­tle Pel­i­can case and re­tails for a sug­gested $149.99. Also included is a USB cord to recharge

the unit. The app is free, which is good, be­cause as the com­pany up­dates it, you can make sure you al­ways have the ver­sion with the lat­est fea­tures.

Operation is sim­ple: Mount the unit on your gun and turn it on. Open the app on your phone and hit “con­nect.” En­ter the make and model of your firearm and a few other specifics, and you’re ready to train. Choose the drill you want and hit “start.” Just so there’s no mis­un­der­stand­ing: Dur­ing live-fire drills, you’re shoot­ing at a tar­get down­range and not at your smart phone (no mat­ter how tempt­ing that idea might be at times).

SOME OF YOUR TRAIN­ING OP­TIONS

Open Train­ing. With this ses­sion, it’s ba­sic tar­get prac­tice. You shoot at your own pace, un­timed, any num­ber of shots you wish.

Bench­mark. You fire 10 rounds at your own pace. You’re not shoot­ing against the clock; how­ever, be­sides your score, the unit will also log how long you took be­tween shots. This is a good one to use at each train­ing ses­sion to gauge your im­prove­ment on the fun­da­men­tals.

Timed Bench­mark. Set the unit to five, eight or 10 shots. At the sound of the buzzer, shoot that num­ber of rounds as fast as you can. You’re be­ing timed to see how fast you can do it, but the unit is still grad­ing you on what your muz­zle’s do­ing. So, the ob­ject is to main­tain a good sight pic­ture and trig­ger con­trol—sound fun­da­men­tals—while un­der the pres­sure of the clock.

Com­pressed, Sur­prised Break. In this drill, you start with the firearm on tar­get. At the sound of the buzzer, you fire one shot as quickly as you can. Then, get set for the next buzzer. Elec­tronic ear muffs are the way to go if you want to hear the buzzer.

Reloads and Other Drills. The MantisX also has timed speed reload and tactical reload drills. In ad­di­tion, there are ses­sions that al­low you to track your progress shoot­ing while us­ing your pri­mary or sup­port hand only.

CRIT­I­CAL FEED­BACK

How do you find out how you did? The app records the move­ment of your muz­zle through your trig­ger pull for each shot you fire and grades your ef­forts, with a top score of 100 for each shot. When you’re done with a string of shots, the screen shows a cir­cu­lar, tar­get-like chart of where your muz­zle—and there­fore, your bul­lets—were headed. You re­ceive a score up to 100 for the en­tire string av­er­age, too.

So, what are you do­ing wrong, and how do you fix it? You can touch the chart on the screen where your dig­i­tal “hits” are im­pact­ing, and the app will tell you the likely prob­lem with your shoot­ing form and of­fer sug­ges­tions for how to cor­rect it. For in­stance, if your hits are con­sis­tently at the 6 o’clock po­si­tion, the app will in­di­cate that most likely, your wrists are too re­laxed and that you’re pulling the gun down­ward as you pull the trig­ger.

If you have the app set to “Bulls­eye” mode (done in the “Ad­vanced” set­tings), the move­ment of your muz­zle from three sec­onds be­fore your shot to one sec­ond af­ter your shot will be traced. An “X” will mark the spot of your hit. This will show how steady you are in

END­LESS SHOOT­ING PRAC­TICE WITH­OUT HAV­ING A CLUE WHAT YOU MIGHT BE DO­ING WRONG IS A WASTE OF AMMO—AND, MORE IM­POR­TANTLY, BAD HABITS ARE RE­IN­FORCED OVER TIME.

3. In the “Bulls­eye” mode, the MantisX traces the path of your muz­zle be­fore and af­ter your shot.

... AS YOU

PROGRESS, YOU

CAN SET GOALS

FOR YOUR­SELF

AND BE RE­WARDED BY SEE­ING YOUR SCORES IN­CREASE AND YOUR TIMES DE­CREASE.

keep­ing your sights on tar­get as you go through the fir­ing process.

With the MantisX, all your shoot­ing ses­sions are saved in the “His­tory” menu. If you log in when open­ing the app, you can also up­load your ses­sions to that vague cy­berspace des­ti­na­tion called “the Cloud,” where you can ac­cess your train­ing his­tory on any of your other de­vices.

DRY FIRE, TOO

There will al­ways be times you can spare a few min­utes to train but can’t make it to the range. Be­cause the MantisX is mon­i­tor­ing your muz­zle move­ment and not where your bul­lets are ac­tu­ally hit­ting, you can use the de­vice for dry-fire train­ing, too. Just switch to “Dry Fire” mode in the set­tings menu to ad­just the unit’s sen­si­tiv­ity, and every­thing else works the same.

I found that the app picks up the trig­ger pull the most con­sis­tently when the phone is placed slightly for­ward of the unit on the gun, such as on the bench or ta­ble in front of you.

POS­I­TIVE EX­PE­RI­ENCE

End­less shoot­ing prac­tice with­out hav­ing a clue what you might be do­ing wrong is a waste of ammo—and, more im­por­tantly, bad habits are re­in­forced over time. The MantisX of­fers help­ful feed­back on your shoot­ing fun­da­men­tals. And, as you progress, you can set goals for your­self and be re­warded by see­ing your scores in­crease and your times de­crease.

You can use the MantisX to train ca­su­ally or un­der the pres­sure of the clock. You can use it for live-fire drills at the range or when dry-fir­ing at home.

Hey, it’s much more plea­sur­able than hav­ing a firearms in­struc­tor at the po­lice academy scream at you to stop mash­ing the trig­ger! GW

CON­TACT IN­FOR­MA­TION MANTIS MantisX.com

The MantisX al­lows you to prac­tice live-fire drills out­side or dry-firedrills in­side while track­ing your progressover time. It mounts eas­ily to any hand­gunwith a rail—in this case, a Ruger Amer­i­canCom­pact in .45ACP.

By touch­ing any of the ar­eas where you’re get­ting “hits” or by go­ing to the “Learn” menu, you will get feed­back on pos­si­ble prob­lems and how to fix them.3

1. The MantisX app gives you feed­back for both in­di­vid­ual shots and en­tire strings of shots, with a score of 100 be­ing the max­i­mum. Touch any of the ar­eas where you’re get­ting “hits,” and it will give you feed­back on pos­si­ble prob­lems and how to fix them.2.1

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The “Set­tings” menu al­lows you to choose your weapon and whether it will be a liveor dry-fire ses­sion, along with other op­tions.

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