Pulsar Trail XQ38 Thermal Riflescope 2-8X38

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Pulsar Trail XQ38 Thermal Riflescope 2-8X38

The Pulsar Trail XQ38 Thermal Riflescope features an innovative 8-hr. removable rechargeable battery pack, delivering all-night precision heat signatures for hunting, law enforcement, and home defense use. 

So why buy Pulsar Trail XQ38 thermal riflescope when there are so many scopes on the market?  

The answer is obvious - because everyone who buys this scope loves this.  We have been monitoring customer feedback across the web and we ahve seen the following comments:

"Really like this scope! Great image quality and the on board recording and battery pack is what really sold this for me!"

"Nice scope. Learning curve is steep at first but easy to get the hang of."

"The scope is great."

"I have really been enjoying this thermal sight"

"I could detect cars at 2000m. I could tell the difference between hogs and deer at that distance 400m"

Here you can find some youtube videos of Pulsar Trail XQ38:


Trail XQ38 Key Features

Sensor: 384x288 @ 17 µm 
Magnification: 2.1 ... 8.4x (smooth zoom) 
Detection range: 1350 m 
Wi-Fi module: integrated 
Video / sound recorder: integrated

What's in the box

  • Thermal imaging sight Trail XQ38
  • Battery Pack 
  • Battery Pack charging unit 
  • USB cable 
  • Charging unit 220V/USB 
  • Remote control with encoder 
  • Weaver rail 
  • Hex wrench 
  • Cleaning cloth 
  • User manual 
  • Warranty card 
  • Carrying case

Pulsar Trail XQ38 Thermal Riflescope 2-8X38 description

Pulsar Trail XQ38 Thermal Riflescope 2-8X38

Introduced at the 2017 Shot Show, Pulsar Trail line of thermal rifle scopes is the next step in Pulsar innovations within thermal imaging space.  These new Pulsar Trail XQ38 thermal scopes offer such cutting edge features as photo and video recording, wireless connectivity to mobile devices, replaceable battery packs,  15 zeroing distance presets, elevation angle indicator and IPX7 weather proofing.

With 8 color modes, great ergonomics, amazing thermal image quality and high resolution AMOLED display, this Pulsar Trail XQ38 thermal riflescope leaves nothing else to wish for. The Pulsar XQ38 Thermal Riflescope is a clear winner of a product from Pulsar and is guaranteed to be another best seller.

The best image definition

A heat sink, located on the device's body, effectively prevents heat build-up from the sensor and other components while also significantly reducing temperature and noise sensitivity, especially between calibrations.

Variable magnification

Trail models include variable magnification, up to 8x depending on model, and feature both 2x step-up and smooth, graduated magnification for a truly optimum, customized field of view.

High image frequency

At a high refresh rate of 50Hz, the Trail provides comfortable viewing throughout dynamic, rapid motion.

Detection distance up to 1800 m

Depending on model, Trail thermal sights detect big-game-size heat signatures up to 1800 meters away

High recoil resistance rating

The Trail features exceptionally high shock resistance, capable of handling high-powered firearm recoil, up to .375-cal., including smoothbore and airsoft.

3 Zeroing Profiles / 15 Distances

Save three individual firearm/ammunition zeroing profiles, including different reticles, at up to five distances, in the Trail’s memory. Zoom zeroing support ensures precise zeroing accuracy.

10 Electronic reticles

A full complement of digitally displayed reticle solutions ensures quick target acquisition and a richly contrasting sight picture. Choose from an array of reticle patterns, colors and brightness settings.

Picture-in-Picture mode

Picture-in-Picture improves accuracy by providing a magnified image of the reticle area at the top of the display. With only 1/10 of the display area reserved for PiP, the field of view remains virtually unobstructed for simultaneous PiP and FOV viewing.

Built-in video recording

Capturing still images and video is seamless with the Trail’s built-in video recorder. Image and video content is stored internally and can easily be transferred to PC/laptop via wired connection or Wi-Fi.

Mobile-friendly (iOS, Android) with remote control and live internet streaming

The highlight of the Trail is the ability to link via Wi-Fi the device with Android and iOS based mobile units using the free mobile application Stream Vision. The Stream Vision software connects the device with Android/iOS mobile unit (smartphone or tablet) which enables you to receive footage in the real time mode, to distantly operate the device with your smartphone, as well to stream online the image captured by the device to Youtube.

Built-in accelerometer / gyroscope

A built-in accelerometer/gyroscope improves accuracy by precisely identifying cant and angles greater than 5° with an arrow indicating the direction and degree of lateral tilting. Increased angles are denoted with additional arrows.Moreover, the riflescope can be set to auto shutdown when resting in a non-shooting position. Unit operation may be disabled when the vertical angle is greater than 70° or horizontal angle is greater than 30°. The accelerometer feature may be temporarily disabled for continued use at excessive angles.

Quick-change B-Pack power units

Trail includes a progressive autonomous B-Pack power supply consisting of a quick-detach, rechargeable IPS5, 5.2A-h battery pack designed to deliver over 8 hrs. of operation on maximum mode. Higher-powered IPS10 battery packs, as well as CR123A and AA battery cases, also are available and provide a perfect off-the-grid power solution.

Stadiametric rangefinder

Based on estimated heights of observed objects, the stadiametric rangefinding reticle makes determining precise distances fast, easy, reliable and repeatable.

Fully waterproof

IPX7 waterproof-rated protection ensures the Trail performs perfectly in wet weather, even during intense rain, snowfall and submersion in 3 ft. of water for up to 30 min. (IEC 60529).

Wide range of operating temperatures

With a frost-resistant AMOLED display, the Trail thermal imaging sight is designed to deliver flawless performance at an extreme temperature range of -25° ... +50°С.

Fully-functional wireless control

The ergonomic, wireless remote control, with encoder wheel, puts the full range of the Trail’s capabilities at your fingertips for comfortable, convenient, hands-off operation.

Display-off mode

During short periods of inactivity and better concealment, Display Off powers down the display without interrupting other operating functions. Using Display Off means a much faster restart time when you need it most.

User-friendly interface

The Trail is designed with ease-of-operation in mind. User feedback has resulted in the most friendly interface to date, complete with an easy-to-read, icon-driven, alpha-numeric status bar at the bottom of the display. Internal menu items and options are also displayed on a contrasting gradient substrate so you can keep an eye on settings without losing sight of your objective.

Updatable software

For initial setup and additional updates, the iOS and Android compatible Stream Vision App ensures the most recent Trail software versions are available.

Thermal Imaging

Please note that most thermal devices are built per order.  It may take 3-5 days or more for your order to ship.  If timely shipping is important to you, please, contact us to verify availability prior to ordering. 

Thermal devices can produce various types of images.  Some are color others are monochrome.  In either case change in shade or color indicates temperature differences.

color thermal image thermal bw image

Here is how thermal imaging devices work...

A special lens focuses the infrared light emitted by all of the objects in view.

The focused light is scanned by a phased array of infrared-detector elements. The detector elements create a very detailed temperature pattern called a thermogram. It only takes about one-thirtieth of a second for the detector array to obtain the temperature information to make the thermogram. This information is obtained from several thousand points in the field of view of the detector array.

The thermogram created by the detector elements is translated into electric impulses.

The impulses are sent to a signal-processing unit, a circuit board with a dedicated chip that translates the information from the elements into data for the display.

The signal-processing unit sends the information to the display, where it appears as various colors depending on the intensity of the infrared emission. The combination of all the impulses from all of the elements creates the image.

There are a few key Manufacturers when it comes to thermal imaging.  

ATN: produce such well knows devies as ThOR-HD thermal scope, BINOX-THD thermal binoculars, and OTS-HD thermal monocular.  

FLIR/Armasight: the largest maker of consumer level thermal products is well knows for their full product line.  Zeus thermal scopes, Q14 and Scout monoculars, Helios and Scout binoculars and many more.

Pulsar: a very popular brand for digital night vision and thermal imaging.  Key products include Pulsar Trail and Apex thermal scopes and Pulsar Helion and Quantum thermal monoculars.

Seek: mobile device mounted thermal cameras are the main products of this brand.

Delivery Time and Manufacturing Process for Pulsar Trail XQ38 Thermal Riflescope 2-8X38:

Most of our manufacturers do not keep products like Pulsar Trail XQ38 Thermal Riflescope 2-8X38 assembled on the shelf. Night Vision tubes are kept separate from the body of the unit. When the order is placed, the manufacturer starts the order processing and assembly process which includes the following:

  • Order processing - we collect all the necessary information including address and phone numbers. We also make sure that our customer ordered the correct product for their needs and that the product can be exported by US law to the country of destination. In some cases a signed export compliance form is required.
  • QC - in this step the manufacturer will inspect all individual parts which will be used to assemble the night vision device for any defects.
  • Production & Assembly - during production, all the parts are put together. Night Vision tubes in inserted into the body of the unit and all the complex electronics for the device are connected. This process takes place in a special lab called the "clean room" as even a small speckle of dust can cause undesired optical effect.
  • QA - one the night vision device is assembled, it goes through a rigorous testing process to make sure it meets all the expected specifications and all parts function as expected. For this most manufacturers have a special "dark room" designed to allow testing of the units without causing incidental damage to the night vision tube by exposure to bright light.
  • Packaging - this is a key process as well. In most case your night vision device will be shipped to you directly from the manufacturer but sometimes needs to be sent to us first. In either case items need to be packaged securely to avoid any kind of damage during transportation.
  • Shipping - as described above items will most of the time ship from the manufacturer. For most domestic orders (unless shipping to POB or AFB) a premium shipper like FedEx or UPS will be used.

Only by following the above steps can we along with our manufacturers bring you - our customer - night vision products of highest quality, However as you can understand the above process can take several days to complete. For example if your device fails QA, the entire process restarts. Also at QC stage a manufacturer may realize that the tube they have in stock has a defect and a replacement tube needs to be ordered. Due to the complexity of this process, it is prudent to expect 3-4 business days for production and handling of the purchased device. Keep in mind that this process is designed to guarantee your satisfaction with the night vision device of your choice.  It occasionally possible to expedite the process for urgent orders but addional fees or other restrictions may apply.

Technical Specifications

Electronic components
Type of Microbolometer Uncooled
Frame Rate, Hz 50
Microbolometer resolution, pixels 384x288
Pixel Pitch, µm 17
Display type AMOLED
Display Resolution, pix. 640x480
Built-In Video Recorder Availability yes
Built-In Memory, Gb 8
Format of video clip .avi
Resolution of video clip 640x480
Format of photo files .jpg
Resolution of photo files 640x480
USB, type microUSB
Operation modes 3
Integrated Wi-Fi module yes
Defective pixel repair option yes
Optical characteristics
Magnification, х 2.1
Digital zoom, x x2/x4
Objective Lens F38/1.2
Field of View,°, horizontal * vertical 9.8x7.4
Horizontal Field of view, m @100m 17.2
Optical characteristics
Eye Relief, mm 50
Diopter adjustment, dptr. ± 4
Close-up distance, m 5
Range of Detection, m
Range of detection, m (object (high*width = 1,7*0,5m) 1350
Power Supply
Power Supply, V 3.0 - 4.2
Battery type B-Pack (Li-ion)
Battery Life, hour 8
External Power Supply 5V - USB
Using on weapon
Reticle type Variable electronic reticles
Windage & Elevation, 1 click, mm/ 100m 27/27
Shock-proofness, E0, joules (when used with rifled gun) 6000
Click range H/V, mm@100m 5400/5400
Physical & operational characteristics
Operating Temperature,°С - 25 … +50
Level of Protection (acc. to IEC 60529) IPX7
Waterproofness yes
Dimensions, mm 285x72x76
Weight (without batteries), kg 0.52
Wi-Fi channel
Frequency 2.4 GHz
Standart 802.11 b/g/n
Line-of-sight reception range, m 15

Questions on Pulsar Trail XQ38 Thermal Riflescope 2-8X38

From on

Q: Do you know when this will be available for sale (non-preoder) or when the ship dates will be?

A: Hi. The Trail scopes will start shipping around end of March - April of 2017. As you can imagine there will be a lot of demand for them so pre-order is prudent if you would like to get one of the earlier shipments.

From on

Q: Cannot find the Higher-powered IPS10 battery packs, as well as CR123A and AA battery cases on your web site. Where can these optional battery packs be ordered?

A: Hi Kerry. We have access to the full line of Pulsar products. At the moment Pulsar has not released IPS10 pack in US. If there are other products you are interested in, please provide us with the model numbers and we will gladly provide you with the quote.

From on

Q: In January of 2017, you indicated the Trail scopes will start shipping around end of March - April of 2017. It is now August...and these products are still not in stock and continue to be shown on Pre-Order. Can you please provide a realistic delivery date?

A: Hi Kerry. We did have some Trail thermal scope models in stock several times over the past 4 months. We are expecting more shipments in about 1 week.

From on

Q: When will the new shorter single lever "Return to Zero" QD mount be shipping wih the XQ38 scopes instead of the long earlier twin lever mounts?

A: Hi Kerry. We are expecting the new mounts to be shipping within 60 days or so.

From on

Q: Are these scopes in stock?

A: Hello The. Pulsar Trail XQ38 Thermal Riflescope 2-8X38 is available for shipping within 24-48 hours of your order depending on time. Please let us know if you have any questions.

From on

Q: Is the trail xq38 in stock

A: Hi Kklatt. We are waiting for clarification from Pulsar on the next shipment. We expecting a couple of weeks before we are able to ship.

From on

Q: What is the ECCN number? CCATS number? of Pulsar Trail XQ38

A: Hi Pervar. Pulsar Trail XQ38 thermal scope is not exportable outside of the USA.

From on

Q: Can the trail xq38 be mounted and used on a 12guage shotgun with out damaging the scope ?

A: Hi Paul. We do have several clients who have been successfully using Pulsar Trail thermal scopes on such shotguns. However, we always encourage you to contact the manufacturer directly with your gun model so they can tell you exactly what to expect. Their number is 817-225-0310.

From on

Q: Is the XQ38 Trail in stock?

A: Hi Scott. New orders can expect about 2 week lead time for Pulsar Trails.

From on

Q: how well do you guys package these things up? i live in california, this thing is super expensive and want it to survive the delivery process.

A: Hi Andy. We are yet to have an issue with the scope getting damaged at delivery. We make sure they are nice and snug in the shipping box and the unit is already packaged nicely in it's own box.

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