Product Review – Training Aids: MantisX

We reviewed the MantisX pistol training product. Six or so months ago, I saw an article about this training aid and contacted the company about reviewing it. As many of you know, I have written about it in a few of my “Journey To…” series.

As we like to do at, our review will include the “Good, Bad and Ugly” of this product.


At the core of shooting a pistol properly is grip and trigger control. This training aid is VERY effective at training your trigger control. We highly recommend this product to any shooter who is serious about improving, any instructor who wants a great training aid that they can loan out to new shooters and to any new shooter having trigger control issues. I use it as often as I can!

The Good

  • This product actually improves and refines your trigger control.
  • It has an excellent design, is simple, clean and easy to use.
  • It is an excellent guide for trigger engagement issues.

The Bad

  • It may lose (still investigating) some detailed session information between sessions.
  • It is pricey.

The Ugly


How We Rate

Features/Functions – This rating is based on the features found in the product that is both common and extraordinary to this type of product. A 2.5 rating would be an average rating for types of features and functionality, whereas a 5 would be an extraordinary rating for types of features and functionality.

Quality – This rating is based on the overall quality of the product. Does it reliably do what it is supposed to do? Is the construction solid or poor? Can the product sustain the usage scenarios designed for use without breaking down? Again, a 2.5 would be an average rating for quality, whereas a 5 would be an extraordinary rating for quality.

Value – This is a subjective assessment of the Features/Functions/Quality/Brand/Warranty relative to price. A product that is priced normal to the market for the Feature/Functions/Quality/Brand/Warranty would score a 2.5. A product that is priced much less than normal to the market for the Feature/Function/Quality/Brand/Warranty would score a 5.

Documentation/Instructions – Did the documentation and instructions provide reasonable knowledge about setting up and using the product? Did the documentation give comprehensive knowledge about all of the features and functions? Were there accompanying online resources (sponsored/managed by the vendor) available? Forums? Videos?

Warranty – (optional) This assessment is done dependent to whether or not we have had direct interaction with the vendor on warranty issues and more so on warranty issues related to the product. If we have not this type of interaction, then the warranty factor is not scored. A company that fully backs their products with longevity would score a 5. One that only has a limited (but good) warranty would get something around average. One that had a poor or no warranty at all would score a 0.

Customer Service/Sales/Company – (optional) Aside from warranty, there are other interaction elements associated with the manufacturer or distributors of the product reviewed. Was the sale interaction/channel reasonable and helpful? Was customer support responsive? Is the company active with the user community? If we have or develop knowledge regarding the company or distribution chain we rate this interaction, but if not we do not rate this interaction.

Bang for Buck Rating – This rating is completely subjective and generally (not always) follows the Value rating. ┬áIt is our impression rating of the price, the experience we have had with the product and the other qualities/features found in the product.

General Ratings:

Feature/Function: (5.0 / 5)
Quality: (5.0 / 5)
Value: (4.8 / 5)
Documentation: (5.0 / 5)
Warranty: (4.8 / 5)
Customer Interaction: (5.0 / 5)
Overall: (4.9 / 5)

Bang for Buck Rating:

(5 / 5)
Headquarters: Oswego, IL


Price: MSRP $149.99

Bundle: MantisX Smart Sensor; Mobile App (IOS or Android); Charging Cable

Guaranty: 45 Day

Warranty: 1 Year Limited


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