REVIEW BY KEVIN REESE

Thermal Imaging: No Better Time to See What You’ve Been Missing!

When it comes to hunting, shooting, and the technology at play in our outdoor pursuits, there is no better time to be alive than 2021 (pandemic and political chaos aside). The past few years of optic innovation, and the technological advancements that get such devices from notes on paper to atop our firearms, has been a flurry of rocket-sciencey goodness… and we get to reap the benefits. While technology has advanced, so have bills through state legislatures.

The result? Exponentially more nighttime hunting opportunities and a dramatic uptick on optic options, as well as optic manufacturers.  Over the past couple of years, we have seen those manufacturers move in the direction of thermal imagers. Why? Thermal is incredibly effective day or night, giving users an around-the-clock 24-hour visual advantage; after all, it’s no secret–nothing hides from thermal!

While Pulsar is widely considered the consumer-thermal and night-vision industry leader in feature-rich, high-definition imaging, assigning “flagship” to a specific optic model is a bit more challenging. As the term relates to recoil-rated firearm-mountable optics, three claim the top spot in their respective rights—Thermion XP50, Thermion XG50, and Trail 2 LRF XP50. All three of these models are dedicated thermal imaging riflescopes.

For hunters and shooters, the ability to garner feature sets and image quality comparable to Trail 2 models but at more affordable price points, has caused Thermion’s popularity to grow by leaps and bounds. If you’re after a thermal riflescope, you won’t go wrong with any of the three models; however, most recently, the Thermion XP50 has become the most popular flagship thermal riflescope in Pulsar’s lineup. Feral hog hunters have fallen in love with the device’s 2x base magnification and wider field of view. In comparison, the XG50’s base magnification is 3x.

The IP67 waterproof-rated Thermion XP50 also boasts a 2,000-yard heat-signature detection range, rugged magnesium-alloy construction, 640×480 microbolometer sensor resolution, 17-micron pixel pitch, proprietary Pulsar core, 2x-16x magnification range, 8x digital zoom, continuous 2x-8x stepped-zoom, built-in-video with audio, 16gb internal storage, and integrated WiFi with Stream Vision app compatibility. The Thermion XP50 also includes picture-in-picture, full-color palette, 13 reticle styles in multiple color options, 1024×768 HD AMOLED display, one-shot zeroing with freeze function, stadiametric rangefinder, storage for multiple rifle and zero profiles, rechargeable internal and external batteries, onboard pixel repair, and more.

MSRP: $5,499.99. For specs and more details, visit: pulsarnv.com/hb.

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