The sound is ON for the Thermion & Axion Series

PULSAR has announced the latest Firmware 2.0 updates that are now
available for the Thermion and Axion Series.

These new updates enhance devices to offer the best user experience
with upgrades being made to the unit’s functionality, image processing and sound recording.

What devices are affected and how:

Updated via Stream Vision
SKUModelFW versionEnabled soundImage processing updateRecording control updateButton assignation update
77421Axion XM30 2.0.005ϒϒϒϒ
77422Axion XM38 2.0.005ϒϒϒϒ
76525Thermion XM38 2.0.011ϒϒϒ 
76526Thermion XM50 2.0.011ϒϒϒ 
76542Thermion XP38 2.0.011ϒϒϒ 
76543 Thermion XP50 2.0.011ϒϒϒ 
Updated via USB Cable
SKUModelFW versionEnabled soundImage processing updateRecording control updateButton assignation update
77424Axion Key XM22 1.0.26 ϒ ϒ
77425Axion Key XM301.0.26 ϒ ϒ

Axion XM and Thermion XM & XP Models
– Firmware Updates

The Firmware updates on the Axion XM, Thermion XM & XP models feature many new improvements that make it even easier and more comfortable to operate the units.

Sound Recording
Users can finally record video with sound, meaning you can capture the full experience, whilst using the device.

Image Processing Improvement
New image processing algorithms enhance the sensitivity of the sensor and optimise the image, along with improved image settings in the pre-set observation modes (Rocks, Forest & Identification).

Improved Video Control
Users can now pause a video allowing them to choose the most important moments, whilst leaving out the unimportant ones.

Axion XM Models – Button Assignation Update

The designation of the UP/ZOOM button has been changed to ensure easy access to observation mode selection.

The picture in picture (PIP) function activation has been moved to the main menu.

Sound recording selection icon has been added to the main menu of the unit. To record videos with sound you will be required to activate it in the main menu.

# Function Before Update After Update
1 Zoom Short Press Long Press
2 PIP Long Press Moved to Main Menu
3 MODES Accessed via Main Menu Short Press

Thermion XM & XP – Button Assignation Updates

The controls on Thermion devices have not changed, although the main menu interface has been updated. For easy access in Thermion XM & XP riflescopes observation mode, the selection has been moved to the first position in the main menu and can be quickly accessed with the help of a menu button.

The sound recording selection icon has been added to the main menu of the unit and is required to be activated before recording.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Pulsar Axion XM, Thermion XM & XP Firmware updates.

Axion Key Models – Different Firmware Update Method

The Axion Key model is also getting a Firmware update, providing enhanced image processing algorithms, enhanced sensor sensitivity, optimised image settings and observation modes.

The slight difference with the update of the Axion Key model is the way in which this update can be processed.

As the Axion Key model does not have Wi-Fi connectivity to update the Firmware users will be required to use a Windows operated PC with access to the internet and a USB cable, the same as what can be used for charging the device.

Make sure you have administrator rights to the Windows PC as you may be required to enter your password at several stages, during the update.

How to Update the Axion Key Models Firmware

Follow the below steps to update your Axion Key Firmware:

  1. Check the current version of your Axion Key. To do this go to your device’s main menu, select “Device information” and check what number appears next to “FW”. If it’s “1.20.26” your device is up-to-date, and no further action needs to be taken. If the number is lower than that – please continue with the next steps.
  2. Visit the official Firmware Updates page via the Pulsar website by clicking HERE
  3. Find and download the Axion Key software update application.
  4. Run the application on your PC with a Windows operating system. (You might be asked for the Admin password at this stage).
  5. The Application will open, and you will need to check for drivers for the device. If there are no drivers on the computer, the application will request permission to install them. After user confirmation, the installs will automatically begin.
  6. After installing the drivers, the application will check the device’s connection to the computer via the USB port. If the device is not connected, a request to connect it will appear.
  7. If the device is connected, the application will check the connected device (SKU, HW). If the device already has the latest software installed, the program will inform the user about it and an update will not be necessary.
  8. If the FW of the device requires updating, the “Update device” button will be activated.
  9. When you click the “Update Device” button, the application will inform you about the successful start of the update and ask you to monitor the further progress of the update. You can observe the update progress in the application window, as well as on the display of the device.
  10. At the end of the firmware upgrade, the device will restart automatically. The new FW is installed and ready for use.


Words: Mark Lawrence
Photos: Mark Lawrence and BFTA

It all culminated in the last round of the GP series at Blackbrook on the 25th of August. One of the hottest days of shooting I’ve had in a long-time lead to an interesting and testing day. Not only crazy 34C heat but some gusty switching winds also added to the days drama.

Course was a well-balanced course that suited the weather and kept you interested. 

After a long and costly series for a lot of shooters, travelling the whole country the results were finally decided.

Well done to the Air Arms Teams in the BFTA Grand Prix 2019 Series and Mark Bassett for the overall AA grade winner.


Trophies where handed out for each class, with some add on prizes well supported by Optics Warehouse.


The UKBR22 Nationals took place recently and by the sounds of it the competition was a huge success with a strong turnout, high scoring heats and some brilliant shooting.

We are proud to be a part of the UKBR22 and congratulations to all the winners from the weekend! Have a read below to find out how it all went down.

WORDS: Colin Rose, Event Organiser.
PHOTOS: Copyright of Colin Rose * UKBR22 Nationals.

The UKBR22 or to give us our Sunday name The United Kingdom Association of Rimfire and Air Rifle Benchrest Shooting holds a annual National competition for both Air Rifle and Rimfire Rifle High Accuracy shooting. We gather on the Friday of the August Bank Holiday Weekend which is our set up or practice day. The air rifle is shot over a distance of 25meters outdoors and consists of 2 classes, Light Hunter (10. lbs rifles) and Heavy Hunter (14.5lbs rifles). The rimfire is shot over 25meters indoors and 50meters outdoors with the same 2 weight classes.

Each round (or detail) consists of one card with 25 scoring targets on it, and you have a maximum of 20 minuets to shoot your card. By hitting the center you score 10 points and bu obliterating the center (tutching it in 50meter rimfire) you score a 10 X.

Sounds easy!!

OK, both competition days had tricky conditions, what little wind there was came and went very quickly, and the rising heat was also causing a few problems for the shooters.

The results are as follow (keep in mind that the maximum score in each discipline was 750 and 75 X’s)

Air Hunter Light Varmint (Shot on Saturday with an entry of 18)
1st – David Hopkins with a score of 735 and 18 X’s
2nd – Carl Hanson with a score of 734 and 22 X’s
3rd – Steve Rogers with a score of 734 and 16 X’s
So all to play for on the Sunday!

Air Hunter Heavy Varmint (Shot on Sunday with an entry of 19)
1st – David Hopkins with a score of 737 and 24 X’s
2nd – Steve Rogers with a score of 735 and 21 X’s
3rd – Colin Renwick with a score of 733 and 21 X’s

So the Aggregate score worked out as
1st – David Hopkins with a convincing winning score of 1475 and 42 X’s. David won an Air Arms HFT500 set in a custom benchrest stock.
2nd – Steve Rogers with a fantastic score of 1469 and 37 X’s
3rd – Colin Renwick with a very respectable score of 1467 and 36 X’s

Sadly we only had one Aggregate prize, but will be hoping to better this next year.

Light Varmint 25meters indoor (shot on Saturday with an entry of 6)
1st – Graham Whitelock with a score of 750 and 65 X’s
2nd – John Almond with a score of 750 and 64 X’s
3rd – Colin Rose with a score of 747 and 55 X’s

Light Varmint 50meters out doors (shot on Saturday with an entry of 12)
1st – Richard Collins with a score of744 and 41 X’s
2nd – Richard Sysum With a score of 743 and 40 X’s
3rd – Colin Evans with a score of 742 and 41 X’s

Heavy Varmint 25meters indoor (shot on Sunday with an entry of 10)
1st – Colin Rose with a score of 750 and 64 X’s
2nd – John Almond with a score of 750 and 63 X’s
3rd –  Graham Whitelock with a score of 750 and 58 X’s

Heavy Varmint 50meters outdoors (shot on Sunday with an entry of 18)
1st – Richard Collins with a score of 744 and 41 X’s
2nd – Colin Rose with a score of 744 and 39 X’s
3rd – Carl Hanson with a score of 744 and 38 X’s

25meter rimfire aggregate results
1st – John Almond with a score of1500 and 127 X’s. john won the £50 gift voucher very kindly donated by Optics Warehouse.
2nd – Graham Whitelock with a score of 1500 and 123 X’s.
3rd – Colin Rose with a score of 1497 and 119 X’s

50meters rimfire aggregate results
1st – Richard Collins with a score of 1488 and 82 X’s. Richard Collins won a scope donated anonymously, but which had been purchased from Optics Warehouse at a special offer price.
2nd – Colin Evans with a score of 1482 and 81 X’s
3rd – carl Hanson with a score of 1480 and 76 X’s

The UKBR22 Association committee and all of its members and those who shot this competition who are not members would like to thank Optics Warehouse for supporting our event, we look forward to possibly having Optics Warehouse supporting our event next year.

Can I say on a personal note that I have been using Optics Warehouse for over 10 years, and have seen it grow and grow. Its services is second to none and I have always found them helpful and knowledgeable in the goods they supply. I would never hesitate in recommending Optics Warehouse to anyone looking for, well almost anything to do with sights and accessories.

If anyone has never shot Benchrest come along to the Air Arms Experience and have a go!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://ukbr22.org.uk/


This year, and with great pride, we sponsored the 2019 Annual Airgun Forum Charity Meet (AAFGCM) at NOMADS HFT Club. Held once a year and for the third year running, the AAFGCM is an action packed, fun filled weekend with many competitions and prizes to be won.

Below, Carl Clayton (Donations organiser) gives his run-down of this years Annual Airgun Forum Charity Meet. Make sure to have a read and check out the photos.

Shoutout’s go to Carl Clayton, Mick Boswell, Peter Staddon and of course, NOMADS HFT. Expect the full story in Airgun World Magazine soon.
Photo’s are credited to Peter Staddon.

‘On the 23rd of august Airgunforum.co.uk and Nomads hft club held their annual charity meet at the Nomads hft ground and we raised funds for Newlife a charity for disabled children that runs the only fast-track equipment services in the UK helping children in great need. Thousands of them rely on Newlife to get the equipment they need, equipment that has often been refused by the statutory services or the delays in provision mean that the child will suffer unnecessarily.

On the first day, our members started turning up early and kept trickling in all afternoon, with organisers arriving the night before and we had a general meet and greet. We got to meet a lot of first timers and seasoned attendees and introduced ourselves, a lot of new friendships were made and old ones rekindled. After setting up camp and chatting amongst ourselves the day was almost over and we had a barbecue and a few beverages whilst sat around the fire. and sat around chatting and eating burgers, hotdogs and venison steaks.

The second day everyone was waking up to a beautiful morning and raring to go, breakfast eaten and coffee drank the hft competition was about to start, we had a safety briefing and were put into groups, hft regulars were paired with first timers and off we went to tackle the world class course, it was hot and a few of us struggled but we all finished in good spirits. after a respite from the heat there were other events to take part in, a long shot competition where it was sudden death, 6 targets on a `tree` at an undisclosed distance…miss and you were out.

There was also seek and destroy, where 3 targets were hidden in a wooded area and the shooter had to locate and shoot them in 1 minute. Bell target was next and was hotly contested amongst those taking part, this was also a first for some members. and another event that was arranged was a pistol competition, i didn’t enter that as i’m a rubbish shot with a pistol but would like to get better so i can compete next year if i can somehow find the money for a pistol (don’t tell the wife haha).

There was a plinking range with targets at ranges from about 8 yards out to around 50 that attracted a lot of shooters, those that couldn’t take part in other events due to various reasons such as disability, i didn’t do much (im the beardy chap with 1 hand and red cap) but this was also an opportunity to chat further…shooting the breeze, comparing notes and trying each others equipment.

After the bell target competition was over we had our raffle, the prizes ranged from pens to scopes, clothing and even a rifle that was donated by one of our members. then it was time for the prize giving with winners of several categories collected their prize.

The categories were.
Pcp champion
Recoiling champion
Ladies champion
Junior champion
Rubbish shot
.22 champion
Long range
Worst excuse
Bell target champion
Pistol champion
Seek and destroy

Overall we had wonderful weather and a fun atmosphere and a ‘LOT of banter, a great time was had by everyone even the kids that came along, my daughter tiffany included, she is 5 and loves going to these events with me (shes the little blue eyed blonde)
A few of the attendees stayed behind on the last day to compete against the Nomads regular members, and the rest of us drifted off home.

Thank you for your support it really made a difference to some childrens lives.’

For more information, visit: https://www.airgunforum.co.uk/community/index.php