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trigger finger. Then,
when releasing the
trigger, the shooter hears
and feels a third tap, as the
disconnector releases the
hammer to re-engage the sear.
In dry firing without Blackbeard,
there is no automatic reset-we
must manually cycle the charging
Blackbeard's upper laser
unit includes a mechanical
device to reset the
hammer with each shot
and works as fast as 10
shots per second.
laser's green dot and the optic's red dot
superimposed on the target center at a
distance of about 15 feet.
Trigger feel
Dry firing is not just about sight picture, it
is also about trigger control. Blackbeard is
a mechanical, as well as electronic, device.
It does not interfere with the trigger's takeup
or release, and these feel no different
than when dry firing without Blackbeard.
However, Blackbeard's automatic
mechanical hammer reset function produces
a much different trigger " feel " after the
shot, with two additional audible clicks
and accompanying taps to the trigger
that are felt through the trigger finger.
What the dry-firing shooter hears and
feels first when pressing the trigger is
the normal click of the hammer release,
which is stopped by the Blackbeard
device. The device then immediately
" kicks " the hammer down to reset it,
which the shooter hears and feels in the
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handle-so all the dry-firer hears and
feels is the single hammer fall. When
live firing, the sensations of automatic
reset and disconnector release are masked
by the noise and recoil. With the Mantis
Blackbeard, the dry-firer feels a tap-tap-tap
to the trigger finger with each shot.
Timing training
This automatic reset of the hammer by
Blackbeard is a boon to practicing rapidfire
stages when dry firing. Lacking a
Blackbeard, simulating 10 rapid-fire shots
isn't possible without manually cycling the
AR-15's charging handle for every shot,
which we don't do in live fire and which
means dry-fire rapid-fire practice isn't fully
realistic. With Blackbeard, the shooter can
remain in position and practice the proper
timing of 10 rapid-fire stage shots, which is
a critical aspect of High Power competition,
as every competitor who has ever watched a
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