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technique-not exactly like an instructor
looking over your shoulder, but still a useful
digital substitute, especially for the beginner.

MOUNT, DOWNLOAD, SHOOT
The MantisX unit is about the size and shape
of an aftermarket laser sight, and it attaches
to a pistol or rifle rail in the same manner.
Mounting is with a choice of two screws, one
with a serrated thumb grip to quickly attach
and remove for dry firing, the other with
a standard screw slot to tighten firmly to
withstand the recoil of live firing.
If your firearm does not have an integral
rail, you can purchase a separate adaptor
rail (essentially a short piece of Picatinny rail
with adhesive on the flat bottom) that affixes
to the bottom of the magazine, to which you
then attach the MantisX unit. Download the
app into your smart phone; the steps are
clear, brief, easily understood, and takes less
than a minute. You tell the app whether you're
shooting a pistol or rifle, whether right- or
left-handed, dry firing or firing live rounds,
and whether the unit is mounted forward or
backward. Turn the unit on and lay the firearm

on an unmoving surface for a few seconds
while it calibrates. Then start your session,
aiming at whatever suits you as a stationary
target ("Aim small, miss small" will provide
more accurate results). Distance from your
target is not a factor-it can be inches or
yards away. You can evaluate individual shots,
and the software will also evaluate the pattern
of a string of shots.

DRY APPEAL
Even though MantisX is intended primarily
for live fire evaluation, its major appeal is that
it is practical and exquisitely handy for dry
fire practice sessions at home. That said, dry
fire practice does not introduce recoil-live
fire with or without the MantisX is necessary
to detect whether the shooter is committing
errors such as pushing or "heeling" in
anticipation of recoil.
In dry fire, the system can erroneously record
slide racking as a hammer/striker fall and an
errant shot. Mantis addresses this problem in
specific pistol models by updating downloadable software. Hammer pistol shooters can
resolve this problem by simply hammer cocking rather than slide racking, and striker fired
pistols may be reset with a partial slide rack.

REVOLVER LIMITS

A self-adhesive mount adapts the MantisX to most
magazine floorplates.

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Obviously, the MantisX does not readily
attach to revolvers, as these don't typically
sport rails. However, depending on your
specific revolver's configuration, it may be
possible to attach the adaptor to the flat
bottom of a grip. I suspected there may be
a possibility that, shooting DA, the MantisX
unit might detect cylinder rotation and
mistake it for hammer fall, and thus I referred
the question to Mantis.


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