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Tap, Rack, Bang Drill for Dry Fire Training From Home

Add the "Tap, Rack, Bang" Drill to your dry fire training regimen to get more from your next session. Check out how to safely build your skills from home anytime with a simple TRT trainer and Laser Academy. 

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Firearms training can sound dull and drab - to the uninformed.  We've created some additional resources to increase your awareness and hopefully you inspire to make firearms training a part of your daily routine.


Practice Makes Perfect

Real World Defense Training

How much many can you save with dry fire training?

New constitutional carry laws

Common grip mistakes with handguns




We've written some articles that we think may be of interest to all.  Links below!

The ammo shortage and high ammo prices aren't going away any time soon.  What are the options?  We have lots of ideas.

People often think about guns and ammo.  They don't think about dry fire training aids.  We think they should.

What's in your range bag?  Well, maybe not everything you need.  Here are some additional options.

Laser cartridge vs. laser pistol.  We have some thoughts to consider in your decision making process.

Buying your first self-defense handgun?  There's a lot to think about it.  But don't let it overwhelm you.  We simplify the thought process down to make it a whole lot easier.  

We're all about the data.  What does the data from 100 million shots tell us?

Enjoy!  More to come.

Dry Fire Training at Home: the Basics

Whether your training goal is to improve your gun handling or maintain the skills you already have, getting to practice shooting at home through dry fire training is something from which all shooters can benefit regardless of skill level.

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From military professionals to competitive shooters, people who make their living with a firearm all know the importance of dry fire training. Though high level shooters use dry fire to keep their skills sharp, newer gun owners can reap the largest benefits by incorporating this into their training regime. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest reasons you should add dry fire training to your routine immediately.

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Mantis Laser Academy 9mm Laser Training System

Since its introduction in 1902 the 9mm Luger round has proven popular worldwide for professionals and recreational shooters alike for being a well-rounded projectile, balancing reliability, stopping power, and shootability. With this massive popularity, we get quite a few questions specifically around all things 9mm, and today we’re looking at a large volume question related to one of our newest products: “What’s the best 9mm laser training system?” 

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The benefits of dry fire training are widely known, but there are shooters who sometimes struggle with the transition to live rounds. Together, let's explore some of the top culprits we've seen that cause this inconsistency between live and dry fire training sessions.

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Let's look at dry fire training, how it works, how it benefits you, along with some simple drills you can do from the comfort of home.

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 Oswego, IL – The National Tactical Officer’s Association (NTOA) has formally reviewed, approved and officially recommends the MantisX.  The MantisX received the highest of the three tiers of approval, scoring a coveted 4.66 out of 5 through 13 categories of detailed and rigorous testing.


“For countless law enforcement, implementing the MantisX has proven to reduce training time, reduce qualification time requirements, eliminate remedial shooter issues, and advance officer skillset more quickly than anything else,” says LE Sales Director Alpha Landingham.  “The NTOA recognition is icing on the cake.” 


The MantisX is a small, powerful precision sensing device that tracks the minutest of movements, collecting thousands of datapoints per second.  Once rail-mounted, it analyzes shooter movements, and sends the data over Bluetooth to the MantisX app for smartphones and tablets.


“With hundreds of local, state, and federal agencies already using MantisX daily, we’re just beginning,” says Landingham.  “It’s tremendously gratifying to see tens of thousands of shooters rapidly improve.”


The full report is available via NTOA publications.


About Mantis Tech

Founded in 2014, Mantis Tech has a singular mission:  help all shooters suck less.  Combining patented technology with mind-numbing algorithms, Mantis Tech is a self-declared innovation leader in an industry that declares a color change as revolutionary.  Software is eating the world, and Mantis is here for the feast. Learn more at


About the Member Tested and Recommended Program

NTOA members have tested more than 2,000 products in real-world situations through the NTOA’s Member Tested and Recommended Program (MTRP) since 2003. Results of these tests are shared with the law enforcement community. The MTRP is regarded by many law enforcement agencies as paramount to their product purchasing decisions.





[Editor's Note: This is tongue in cheek.  If you're offended, we're sorry.]

Oswego, IL - As manufacturers and retailers compete for the almighty consumer dollar in the 30 days before Christmas, an ever-increasing number of them pre-announce their Black Friday/Cyber Monday (BFCM) deals.  

"As we surveyed the landscape, we wanted to something different," says Mantis Chief Pricing Strategist Rustin Jogness.  "So we did.  But before I tell you what we're gonna do, I'm gonna tell you the background of the why.  It might be a bit lengthy, but stick with me.  Please."

"Black Friday used to just be on Friday, but some knuckle draggers thought that Friday also means Thursday, and Monday, and basically whatever random day they want to invent.  Maybe it's easier to convince you to spend money you don't actually have on a day that doesn't actually exist."

"My pastor says it's basically a sign of the times and liberals overtaking our culture that we can't enforce Friday to be only Friday.  If Friday wants to be a Thursday or a Saturday, why can't he or she or it? Someone has to take a stand,"  continues Jogness before taking a brief drink of water.

"Given the industry we're in, we HAVE to take a conservative stand.  And in this situation, there is only one: Black Friday is Friday only.  We will likely incur liberal wrath, a few lawsuits, and maybe (hopefully) a mention in the New York Times.  Millions will cry discrimination that we only have specials on one day, when everyone else runs their specials for 6 weeks.  But this is our beliefs, yo."

To summarize the remainder of Rustin's comments, Mantis will not just limit Black Friday to Friday, but on that day will have a non-sale.  All items available for sale will be at the same price they are every other day of the year.

"It's our core belief that a sale only reminds consumers of how much they are getting ripped off by retailers the rest of the year," says Junior Pricing Strategist Yavel Purevich. "We don't inflate our prices just to discount them.  That's the devil's work of trickster manipulation."

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