Mantis X10 Elite Firearm Training System

MantisX 10 Elite Training System app and Agency Arms pistol

Is The Mantis X10 Elite Firearm Training System Worth The Money?

Mantis sent their X10 Elite model to me to test and review for you. There was no monetary exchange and no coaching or directions on what I could or could not say or do with the device. The video and written review are 100% my own thoughts and impressions on the system.  All links are affiliated with Mantis and other brands, including Amazon. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualified purchases. 

TLDR: The bottom line is that the MantisX Training System is extremely effective for improving your marksmanship across several firearm categories, including dry fire, C02, live fire, and even archery! The MantisX is basically like having immediate access to the smartest, most observant shooting instructor ever. 

It doesn’t care who you are or what your resume is, it just plots the data and issues a numerical score, based on what you did right and/or wrong for each shot. In addition to scoring your shot, it also provides feedback on the things you may be doing wrong and things you can do to address those issues. The system and app are great for really honing your skills and dramatically improving your shooting ability. 

To answer the question, is the Mantis X10 worth it?  YES!

What Is The Mantis X10, and Who Is It For?

I’ve spent a lot of time around guns, both professionally and recreationally. During my time in the military, I was a member of a sniper team, the Virginia National Guard Shooting Team, and the All Guard International Shooting Team. During my service, I earned the Distinguished Rifle Badge, as well as the Distinguished Pistol Badge, which made me the second soldier in the history of the Virginia National Guard to achieve that honor. I am currently a firearms and tactical driving instructor. I say all this to say that the Mantis X10 is the most effective marksmanship training tool I have ever used, period. It’s an easy recommendation, especially if you are an instructor yourself.

This is one of those training tools that I can genuinely say will improve your shooting, no matter what your current skill level is. Using a Mantis X10 is essentially like having a full-time, highly effective and observant shooting instructor in your pocket and available 24/7. The Mantis X10 is compatible with any standard rail, and the app is available on both Apple and Android devices.

"The Mantis X10 is the most effective marksmanship training tool I have ever used, period."

Jeremy Steffel- Double Distinguished Shooting Instructor

Device mobile

Mantis X10 Tracks, Measures, and Scores Every Shot

When you break the fundamentals of marksmanship down to the most basic form, your goal is to pull the trigger of your firearm without any deviation from your point of aim and without inducing ANY motion into the equation other than the straight and smooth pull of the trigger. With the Mantis X10 running, it is recording a 200-millisecond slice of time prior to, during, and after the trigger is pulled. The data is then very clearly plotted in several charts and graphs, which you can replay and reference in the MantisX App.

MantisX Basic Marksmanship Challenge Complete
MantisX detailed shot trace with explanation

Each shot is given a numerical score, based on how much deviation from your aiming point occurred during the trigger take-up, hammer/striker falling, and your follow-through after the shot. You can reference the app and replay each shot, including an animated trace of exactly how much movement there was during the entire process.

The Mantis X10 Does More Than Just Give You a Score

In addition to all the motion data and score feedback, the Mantis X10 also provides suggestions to you for areas of improvement. Everything you do with a firearm induces some kind of movement to it, and with a Mantis X10, the algorithm knows what the most likely cause of each instance of movement was.

MantisX Pushing Correction screen
MantisX Tighting Fingers screenshot with two guns

The Mantis X10 can tell if you’re tightening your grip prior to the shot, jerking the trigger, pushing or pulling, dumping the barrel forward, and a whole lot more. Those are things that happen so fast, a human shooting instructor literally can’t see it happen. We have to give feedback based on where your bullet struck the target in relation to where you were (or thought you were) aiming. 

You’ve probably seen these reference cards being pulled out on ranges to try and diagnose what you or your students might be doing wrong. “Well, based on this chart, you’re shooting low and left because you’re jerking the trigger.” In reality, it’s most likely a combination of issues in addition to the catch-all “jerking the trigger.”

Pistol shooting correction chart Right Hand
MantisX Training App showing score

The MantisX app is able to isolate each instance of excessive movement while you are shooting and provides GIF examples of proper versus improper technique, as well as detailed written instructions on how to address those problems. It literally is like having the world’s smartest shooting instructor in your pocket.

The MantisX App Has Built In Shooting Courses With Real Life Rewards

Inside the MantisX app, you’ll find several options for training activities – everything from open training to hostage-taker reaction drills. There is plenty to keep you busy and improving in every area of marksmanship. As if that wasn’t enough, Mantis also includes several challenges and courses for you to complete within the app.

As an incentive to push yourself and complete the courses, Mantis will send a real-life, high-quality PVC patch for each level of difficulty you complete. At the time of this writing, the other course that rewards you with a real-life patch is the Advanced Marksmanship Course. I’ve been told that Mantis is working on creating more complex and difficult courses that will include live fire requirements. I’m definitely looking forward to checking that out whenever they become available.

MantisX Basic Marksmanship Challenge Complete

Which MantisX Version Is Right for You?

Mantis X2

Entry Level - Dry Fire Only
$ 99
  • Dry Fire
  • Hand Gun
  • Rifle
250+
5/5
2200+
5/5

Mantis X10 Elite

Top Of The Line
$ 249
  • Dry Fire
  • Hand Gun
  • Rifle
  • Live Fire
  • Shotgun
  • Archery
Best Seller
1250+
5/5

Mantis X3

Dry + Live Fire
$ 169
  • Dry Fire
  • Hand Gun
  • Rifle

Dry Fire Only

 

• Muzzle trace

• Trigger control analysis

• Shot timer

• Historical tracking of your improvement

• Coaching tips based on your shooting proficiency

• Wide variety of training drills and modes

• Guided courses to test your proficiency

• Daily Challenges

• Join groups and compare shooting data

• Firearm selection to track performance by firearm

• Free monthly app updates with added functionality

• Works in tandem with Laser academy and Blackbeard

Dry Fire, Live Fire, Shotgun, & Archery

 

• Everything from the X2 and X3, plus additional features:

• Consistency comparisons

• Recoil analysis

• Holster draw analysis

• Multi-target analysis

• Shooting on the move (under development)

• Rapid fire

• Moving targets

• Includes BR7 adapter for rifles and shotguns

• Includes Universal Magrail for pistols

• Access to MantisX Archery and MantisX Shotgun apps

• Works in tandem with Laser academy and Blackbeard

Dry & Live Fire

 

• Muzzle trace

• Trigger control analysis

• Shot timer

• Historical tracking of your improvement

• Coaching tips based on your shooting proficiency

• Wide variety of training drills and modes

• Guided courses to test your proficiency

• Daily Challenges

• Join groups and compare shooting data

• Firearm selection to track performance by firearm

• Free monthly app updates with added functionality

• Works in tandem with Laser academy and Blackbeard

Mantis currently makes three versions of the device at three different price points to give shooters of various degrees of proficiency plenty of options to find exactly what they need. If you are looking for a dryfire-only training tool, the Mantis X2 will be exactly what you need at $99. If you want to incorporate live fire into your training but don’t necessarily need capabilities for shotguns, archery, or advanced feedback, the Mantis X3 is perfect at $169. 

If you want the top-of-the-line X10 Elite, you can expect every bell and whistle Mantis has available, including features like holster draw analysis, recoil analysis, shooting on the move, rapid-fire, archery, shotguns, and tax preparation services (not really, but it’s probably smart enough to handle that too). The Mantis X10 Elite costs $249, which may or may not seem like a lot. As a professional firearms instructor, I can easily say that you will get more long term value out of the MantisX system than attending a class for a day.  

Buying a Mantis X10 doesn’t mean you shouldn’t attend some in-person formal training classes.  The Mantis X10 is awesome for digging deep into your fundamentals, but it has no idea if you’re being safe. It also has no idea how your trigger discipline and muzzle awareness are. There are four basic rules for firearm safety, and it is imperative that you know, understand, and follow them at all times. 

 

The Four Universal Firearm Safety Rules

If you are in any kind of position where you rely on your marksmanship abilities to stay alive, keep others alive, or earn a living, you should absolutely pick up one of the MantisX training tools, and make it a habit to use it regularly.

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