Stuck in the middle of what seems like a thousand media emails I received from SHOT vendors was one from Adam Ratigan of MantisX. Like any good intelligence collection specialist (a fancy term for Google dork), it is wise to take a quick 5,000 foot pass on any information that comes your way to see if it is relevant. And as it happens, a quick look at MantisX had me interested enough to stop by their booth for more information and a brief demo.
There are dozens of tiny intricacies that go into firing accurate and repeatable shots. For experienced shooters like you and me, it seems like it should be easy enough to identify and diagnose training issues as they arise. However, that isn’t always the case.
MantisX has developed an innovative training system that centers on a small gyro-type device anchored to the accessory rail of a firearm. That device senses slight movements in the muzzle of the gun during the firing process, and relays that data wirelessly to a mobile application. The end user then sees their muzzle movement throughout the trigger squeeze, break, release and reset phases of shooting each round.
The result is observable data on once imperceptible movements in the gun when shooting which can be used as at training aid to correct bad habits. As the MantisX team explained to me, their target market is anyone, be it law enforcement, military or civilian shooters.
The real power of this training device is that it can be used on the range in a live fire environment or at home during dry fire drills. Except for the lack of recoil, the training aid works to monitor the shooters trigger pull and muzzle position in the same way.
The MantisX device has a 12 hour battery life that is recharchable via an onboard micro USB port and an MSRP of $150. They are located in booth 3248 at the 2017 show. Stop by and let them know that your read about them at TFB.