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PRODUCT FOCUS
THE LATEST DEVICE
FROM MANTIS ALLOWS
TRUE SEMI-AUTOMATIC
DRY-FIRE PRACTICE IN
THE AR-15.
STORY AND PHOTOS BY ART MERRILL,
FIELD EDITOR
MANTIS BLACKBEARD
E
lectronic firearms training devices
enhance dry-fire practice by providing
visual feedback. Now, a new laser
device for the AR-15 from Mantis improves
dry-fire practice for rapid-fire stages by also
resetting the trigger for true semi-automatic
action. AR-15 competitors can finally practice
the timing of rapid-fire stage shots during
dry-fire practice with the Mantis Blackbeard.
Blackbeard is a two-piece unit, an integral
laser and mechanical device replacing the
AR-15's charging handle and bolt carrier
group (BCG), and a battery unit that takes the
place of the magazine. Four metal contacts,
two on the bottom of the laser unit and two
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on the top of the battery, make the electrical
connection. Both units are a deep red color,
showing at a glance that the rifle is in a safe
handling condition.
The battery is about one-half-inch longer
than a standard 20-round magazine, and is
rechargeable via an included USB cable that
plugs into any so-equipped device, such as
a computer. Mantis claims 100,000 shots per
charge. The upper unit " fires " a green laser
that is adjustable for windage and elevation.
A tiny two-position switch selects between
constant-on for adjusting, and flash-once
when the trigger is pressed. All three
controls are accessible through the AR-15's
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