Dry-Fire Training, Part 2 – Mantis X10 Elite Review

The Mantis X10 Elite is a great training tool when you want to save money on ammo or can’t make it to the range.

The Mantis X10 Elite is a great tool to invest in to improve your accuracy and performance with not only a pistol, but also a rifle, shotgun, and even bow. You can integrate the Mantis X10 Elite in both your live fire and dry fire training regimen. Go a step further, and use the Mantis X10 Elite with the Mantis Laser Academy training system for a full in-house dry-fire training set-up.

A review of the Mantis Laser Academy training system coming soon.

What is the Mantis X10 Elite?

The MantisX is: “a data-driven approach to (firearms) mastery. While attached to ANY firearm (pistol, rifle, or shotgun), it analyzes every shot and generates actionable data you can use to improve.”

How does it work?

  1. Attach the device: Connect to the accessory rail of any firearm, just like you would any other firearm attached. It works with live fire, dry fire, airsoft, and CO2. If you firearm doesn’t have an accessory rail, you will need to get an adapter.
  2. Connect the phone (or tablet): Install the smartphone application, turn on MantisX, and pair the device with the phone via Bluetooth
  3. Collect the data: Evaluate shooting performances, identify areas of improvement, and track progress over time.

Cost of the Mantis X10 Elite: $249

Pros of the Mantis X10 Elite

  • Compatible with 99% of firearms
  • Improve accuracy and marksmanship
  • Recoil, holster, and multi-target analysis
  • Works with the Mantis Laser Academy and Mantis Blackbeard
  • Train on the range (live-fire), and at home (dry-fire)

Cons of the Mantis X10 Elite

  • Can’t be used with most holsters without a magazine adapter
  • When using in dry-fire practice, you have to rack the slide/reset the trigger in between shots. This could lead to bad habits.
  • Sometimes doesn’t recognize firing cycle during dry-fire training
  • Doesn’t fit on the rail of the Springfield Prodigy


Initially, I was hesitant to incorporate the Mantis X10 Elite into my training regimen because I didn’t fully understand how the device worked. I was cautious to use the Mantis X10 Elite during my pistol dry-fire practice because I didn’t want to rack the slide after every trigger pull. I thought this would instill bad habits into my muscle memory. I didn’t want to go into a live-fire training session thinking I had to rack the slide after every shot fired. Or worse yet, be put in a situation where I had to use my handgun in self-defense, and my brain unconsciously tells my hands to rack the slide after each shot – wasting precious seconds.

With that being said, I first incorporated the Mantis X10 Elite into my live-fire training. I started my training with the “Open Training” drill available on the MantisX cellphone app. For me, this was the easiest way to see the errors I was making. The app provides a per-shot analysis advising on errors, and solutions to fix the error. Example: the app may advise that you’re tightening your grip, and to correct this issue you may want to relax your grip slightly. The app provides visual aids and written descriptions on how to improve the errors being made.

I have now started using the Mantis X10 Elite during my dry-fire training. To get the most out of my dry-fire training with the Mantis X10 Elite, I plan on investing in a dry-fire magazine for my handgun. This will reset the trigger so I don’t have to rack the slide after every trigger pull. There are a variety of dry-fire magazines available, and I think it is definitely worth the investment.

Besides the Open Training drill, there are many other drills available within the app. Some of my favorite ones are the primary hand only, support hand only, and endurance. The app also has courses available. Everything from introductory to advanced combat. With the MantisX app, you can also practice drawing from a holster, and train with a shot timer or par timer. The MantisX app provides a variety of training interfaces to meet a variety of needs.

Within the app, the History tab provides a running history report of previous training sessions. This allows you to see the progress you’ve made over time. The Groups tab is an interesting feature that I’d like to test out in the future. It allows you to train together with other people. You could work together as a group to reach goals and encourage (or challenge) each other.

Final Thoughts

I am very impressed with the information the Mantis X10 Elite provides, and think it a great tool to use both on and off the range. In my opinion, the pros of the Mantis X10 Elite outweigh the cons. The investment is worth it if you’re looking to improve your marksmanship with handguns, rifles, shotguns, or bows. This tool will help you reach your goals.




Meaghan Roble is an anti-gunner turned gun activist. She is a USCCA certified instructor and an NRA-certified range safety officer. Meaghan is an A Girl & A Gun Chapter Facilitator and the Wisconsin State Director for DC Project. She owns her own Firearms Training & Education business, Roble Defense, and enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with others.







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