Laser-based smartphone training apps have become a popular way for shooters to get their dry fire training reps in, thanks in no small part to their versatility, convenience, and, let’s be honest: the entertainment factor. Dry fire training doesn’t need to be dry work, and with the aid of these systems you can sharpen a variety of your shooting skills in a more engaging way; here, we’re going to look at what separates the top contenders in the segment.
Though similar in price, there are variances, and in regards to what we’ll call “modes”, all offer the ability to fire at a target, so no surprises there. If you’re looking for more than leisurely popping shots during commercial breaks though, then value will be found in the additional modes and updates for each.
The four modes that come with your purchase are:
Of note: Users can expect more free modes -- as well as paid options -- interspersed within the ongoing monthly update schedule.
The iTargetPro app comes with a basic target shooting mode that tracks your shots and provides a score for your session. You can download your sessions yourself if you’re interested in tracking your progress, but the app itself does not do this for you.
As with iTarget, G-Sight comes with a singular mode that allows you to practice target shooting with visual feedback, showing where shots landed.
Two modes are available with your purchase:
Strikeman offers a single, open training mode, similar to iTarget and G-Sight, unlike those two apps though, Strikeman offers a built-in history section where you can track progress.
The question of ongoing support will likely only affect those who view their purchase as something more than useful entertainment, but even should you fall into that group, it can still be comforting to know that help is only a phone call away. Whether you’re having an issue or simply a question regarding functionality, it’s preferable to go directly to the source for an answer.
All the above systems will help you improve your shooting ability, provided you put in the work. Through repetition and the feedback that each delivers, you’ll see improved control and proficiency with your weapon. As far as which one is right for you, from initial bang for your buck to ongoing support and future updates that allow it to stay fresh and grow with you, Mantis’ Laser Academy looks to be the smart buy.
Don’t just take our word for it though, the opinions of those who have already made their purchase tells more of the story.