Mantis Pistol Training Device

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Considering handgun is my single worst firearm in 3-gun, I am keenly interested in the Mantis, a new pistol training device. Essentially, its a Bluetooth enabled package of accelerometers that interprets your shooting and tracks the firearm and deviation from the aiming position. It can detect trigger pull movement and suggest improvements based on the data.

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The Mantis attaches directly to any handgun picatinny rail (sadly, no adapters for non-railed firearms to start). Its about the size of an oblong quarter or ping-pong ball and even includes a sub-rail if you want to train with other attachments, lights, lasers, etc.

We’ll request one for testing (I know I want one).

Pre-Orders are available for $169 and those ordering shortly will receive another $20 off using code “MANTIS20”. No mention of an anticipated shipping date.

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Package includes:

Mantis Training Bundle includes:

  • one Picatinny-rail compatible attachment
  • smartphone application (downloadable on App store)
  • mini-USB charging cable
  • 1-year limited warranty

Every Mantis comes with a 30-day money back guarantee. For questions, please contact us through our contact page.



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Bill

    This COULD be the heat: IMHO the best training adjuncts are those that provide visible feedback to the shooter of how much Impact their trigger press literally has on the pistol when the shot beaks. They can’t tell that they are bashing the trigger unless they can see the movement traced out on a screen. The system I used involved lasers and cameras; this is a novel approach. Is this for live fire, dry-fire, or both? It would be a hugely useful dry-fire tool.

    The downside: requiring a Pic rail, which knocks out proprietary rails and revolvers. If accelerometers are used, theoretically they could be mounted anywhere, excepting the perfect center of gravity of the gun, which is going to vary infinitesimally. I’m betting that with the right programming and hardware, there could be a universal clamp to the butt of the gun or a replacement magazine floor plate mount that would provide essentially the same measurable movement, while allowing the pistol to be holstered during training sessions. They are also cumbersome for striker fired-pistols, assuming that the slide will need to be manually cycled between “shots” in dryfire. At that price point I’d also like a liftle more data – intervals between rounds, if usable in dry-fire the size of the group, which would be a simple function of distance to target and the amount of movement of the gun. Maybe it does all that, I need to study their website.

    Potentially cool beans.

    • Austin

      Bill – It works with both live and dry fire, though more effective with live fire (different physiological state of the shooter) to cement the core mechanics.

      As for mounting, if only there were a universal mount for everything, the world would be a better place! Fortunately, most guns have Pic rail adapters, that, though a bit of a kluge for some, get you there. There will be more adapters coming out for Mantis once version 1 starts shipping.

      Dry-fire group sizing is not in version 1, as the intent has been to focus first and foremost on core shooting mechanics and strip out other issues affecting accuracy (breathing, sighting issues, compensation issues, trigger pull timing, etc.). Once the core muscle memory is built up sufficiently on the core mechanics, then it’s ready to layer in additional functionality.

  • TVOrZ6dw

    This looks great. Pending some real world reviews to validate its usefulness, I’m all in.

  • It looks interesting, but, is it 3d printed? Other photos look like it is.

    • Austin

      The image is just the prototype (3d-printed). Product is injection-molded.

    • Jerry Blank

      I don’t know if that would bother me. The printed products I saw seemed durable and strong enough for applications like this.

      • My concern would be the life of 3D printing when used from 100ºF down to 10ºF. Those rails are going to take some forces. I really love the concept of the device and hearing that it’s injection molded makes me feel better about it.

  • Austin

    It handles dry fire