Want to improve your aim and get real-time feedback on dry fire practice with your firearm while you save thousand$ on ammunition? Are you seeking the best Christmas present for a shooter? The Mantis Laser Academy can do all of this, right in your living room.

I have been using the Mantis Laser Academy for over a month now with my guns, the Mantis Black Beard AR laser device and my SIRT pistol. It does everything they say it does. The app records every shot and times it. I can select from a dozen drills and keep things fresh. Later, I can go back and check my performance anytime I want.

The Laser Academy system utilizes a laser training cartridge that drops into the chamber of your firearm, projecting a laser beam down the barrel every time the firing pin strikes the round. Using the scale targets provided, these laser “shots” are read by your phone or tablet, timed and scored accordingly.

The quick and simple setup provides the flexibility for training. With guided drills and real-time feedback, Laser Academy allows you to have a training facility at home and at your convenience. Get quality reps with your own equipment and experience a higher level of dry fire training with positive results you can see and feel. Laser Academy’s variety of drill options also keep things fresh for shooters, making practice feel more like a game and less like a chore.

Four training modes are included with the free version of the Laser Academy app. The Laser Academy kits includes an activation code that will unlock the remaining training modes:

Open Shooting – Single Target: Basic target shooting with scoring and the ability to store sessions to track your progress.

Shot From Guard/Low Ready – One Shot: Starting from a prompt, this mode times your shot and tracks accuracy in single-shot sessions.

Duel – Single Shot: You and a training partner compete to see who has the fastest draw and eagle eye.

Bullseye – Five-shot: Untimed, no prompts, receive scores and splits from five shot rounds.


The full access activation code included with the Laser Academy kit provides access to additional training options:

Open Shooting – Multiple Targets: Basic target shooting with multiple target scoring and the ability to store sessions to track your progress.

Duel – Best of Five Series: First shot on targets wins a point in best out of five competition.

Duel – High Score: Fastest accurate shooting round against an opponent.

Shot From Guard/Low Ready – Multi-Shot: Starting from a prompt, this mode measures your reaction time and tracks the accuracy of your shots.

Bullseye – 10 Shots: Records scores and splits for 10-shot sessions. Untimed, unprompted.

Close Contact from Holster: Fast and accurate shot from the holster to the close contact position.

Compressed Surprise Break: Develop a fast shot in response to the start signal.

Holster Draw: Fast and accurate shot starting from the holster.

Holster Draw – Par Timed: Fast and accurate shot starting from the holster, against a par time.

Multiple Shots on Multiple Targets: Develop speed and accuracy on multiple targets with multiple shots.


The Portable Kit is small and travel ready. It contains:

The codes mobile app with full access code to Mantis Laser Academy (a $99 value)

Pink Rhino laser training cartridge (you select the caliber)

An adjustable Mini tripod and smartphone holder

Complete set of 5″x7″ Laser Academy Smart Targets (as well as the option to download more)

Laser cartridge extraction stick

Portable carrying case

I cannot say enough good about Mantis. If you want to get the best available training at home with innovative drills and data collection, the Mantis Laser Academy is your thing.


for $ 99.00 while supplies last.


By Mark Miller

Mark Miller is a Green Beret who served in Afghanistan and a number of other live fire locations. He's a poet-warrior in the classic sense, a casual hero and a student of science.

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