Introducing The Mantis X10

The Mantis X10 is the ideal training tool for anyone who has to carry a firearm for work.  In addition in addition to being the ideal companion tool for use with the SIRT Pistol (see the showcase on the SIRT in this issue), the Mantis X10 users with a wide array of training features including:

  • Courses
  • Coaching tips
  • Historical Tracking
  • Groups and Messaging
  • Analysis Features
  • Muzzle trace
  • Trigger control analysis
  • Shot timer
  • Smoothness analytics
  • Consistency comparisons
  • Recoil analysis

Collecting thousands of data points per second, the X10 analyses your shooting in real-time.  For pistols, rifles, and shotguns. The X10 works with dry fire, live fire, airsoft/CO2, and simulated weapons systems.

The system comes with Mantis X10 Elite sensor which can be fitted to a guns accessory rail or even to the bottom of a magazine where necessary. It also comes with the BR7 Barrel Mount Picatinny Rail for rifles and shotguns.

There is a USB charging cable Mantis X10 case and foam insert, quick start guide and the MantisX app to enable you to use all the diagnostic tools.

One of my favourite features of the MantisX system is recoil analysis tool

The recoil analysis tool gives you the ability to quantify recoil (and recoil management) on a gun. According to Mantis, they have the nerdiest (i.e. best) engineering team in the business, and with the combination of hardware expertise and mind-numbing software algorithms, they have created the first device to accurately and reliably give you data on not just your gun’s recoil, but your response to that recoil.

Recoil analysis is available by connecting the MantisX app to a Mantis X10 sensor, then launching the “RecoilMeter” drill.  This drill session will allow you to shoot any number of shots, giving you detailed analysis about each shot, and summary data, in a single analysis screen.

Mantis measures and calculates four key components of recoil such as:

* Muzzle rise: the peak angular rise of the gun after the shot

* Recovery time: time for the gun to return and stabilize to the original point of aim

* Recoil angle: the angle to the left or right that the gun moved as it recoiled upward

* Recoil width: the width of the loop formed by the upward and downward movement of the gun

Clicking on each measure will show summary data for that session: the session average, and a chart showing detailed comparison for all shots for that measure.

Another invaluable tool within the MantisX 10 system is the holster draw analysis

Holster draw analysis is once again available by connecting your MantisX app to a Mantis X10 sensor, then launching the “Holster Draw Analysis” drill.  This drill will allow you to perform any number of holster draws in a session, giving you detailed analysis about each draw, in two diagnostic screens.

In the first screen, MantisX breaks down your holster draw into key phases, to identify inconsistent or slow phases:

* Grip: time from the start beep to when your hand grips the gun

* Horizontal: time from the grip to when the gun is drawn and rotated to horizontal alignment

* Shot: time from Horizontal to when the shot breaks

In the second screen, MantisX displays overlaid traces of all the holster draws in that session. This is valuable in assessing the path of the draw, the consistency of the draws across your session, and highlighting any variance or wobble in your draw.

The top of the line MantisX 10 also includes tools for:

Multi-target analysis **

Shooting on the move **

Rapid fire **

Moving targets (shotgun) **

And, free software updates as well as phone and email support.

Perhaps the feature I most love about this diagnostic tool however, is that each time the software identifies a potential flaw in your technique, it provides a range of coaching videos and tips to help address and overcome that problem. It is quite simply like having your own professional coach watching and analysing every shot you take and then offering improvement suggestions.

We cannot recommend this product highly enough.

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