One of the first things Mrs. Untactical and I discovered when we entered the world of firearms is how darn fun it is to shoot. Maybe we didn't have all the gizmos (and we still don't) but just hitting the range and "making donuts" as I've heard target shooting referred to, was really enjoyable.
Right after we learned how fun shooting is, we learned a couple of other truisms:
- Shooting is a perishable skill
- Shooting is an expensive hobby
Today, I'm excited to tell you a little about a product that helps solve both of the problems above; a way to practice shooting to keep your skills sharper and to do so without breaking the bank. Give it up for the Mantis Blackbeard!
I don’t have to remind you how expensive (and scarce) ammunition has been because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Blackbeard helps solve both the cost and availability problems in a simple and easy-to-use platform.
What is Blackbeard? It is a dry-fire system for the AR-style rifle platform.
Why did I want a Blackbeard? I had recently received professional training on the AR. We went through various shooting positions, sling (ready) positions, single shots, multiple shots, multiple targets, shooting while moving and more, including my absolute least favorite: the off-shoulder drill. Although my instructor was sensitive to the amount of ammo we used in each drill, I still went through a fair amount of .223 in the three or so hours we worked. I was stoked! I wanted to keep working on these drills to up my rifle-handling ability.
Unfortunately, real life intervened...