I got my hands on the Mantis X10 over the summer, and I’ve since clocked over 7,500 shots with the device, mostly dry fire and a fair amount of live fire (limited by ammo availability, naturally). Through a combination of repetition-reinforced muscle memory and accelerometer-powered nitpicking, my handgun marksmanship has markedly improved.
It’s All About the Patches!
In addition to the Basic and Advanced Marksmanship courses, the Mantis folks recently added an “Elite Marksmanship” course to the app. It took a while to work my way through the exercises, and long story short, here’s the proof in the pudding:
Which goes nicely with the previous two patches:
Well, How Did We Get Here?
Among the various exercises that make up the Elite Marksmanship program, one involves 50 shots with an average score of 93 or higher in order to pass. And you have to do this twice, but thankfully not consecutively. Here’s the first go at this:
And the two after that one had a sensor malfunction which threw the average off, thus couldn’t be used. Finally, a successful round:
The cumulative view does illustrate trends and patterns of behaviors to watch out for and to improve upon.
There’s also a whole lot of one-handed shooting in this program, which is great practice. And again, I’ve noticed that my left-hand-only shooting tends to be better than my right-hand-only. I tried doing some live fire recently left handed (with right hand support), and aside from the mild awkwardness of flipping hands, the results were pretty darn good. I think I know what I should work on next….
And like the previous marksmanship courses, we get this screen once all the requirements have been met:
Y’know, I never got a neckerchief with my Eagle Scout badge. I feel cheated now.
The Elite Meet to Eat Reheated Meaty Treats
Finally, I have to say that I’m not a fan of the word “elite” and how it mutated and metastasized in popular culture. I do have fond memories of the 80’s computer game of that name, but anyway, I guess you have to call that which is one level above “Advanced” something. “Expert,” perhaps? Eh, whatever, no use grousing over spilt idioms.