Have you wondered what the most important step in using a gun is? There is no doubt about it – how to use a peep sight correctly. Your peep sight may seem like a relatively benevolent part of your gun and, if you are on the side like me, you rarely think of it. But in fact, the peep sight is far more decisive than many hunters realize. Anything that influences your sight picture is a problem, and few things affect the sight picture more immediately than your peep.
Therefore, this informative article will help you walk through on what you need to know about using a peep sight correctly, smoothly and efficiently.
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Two common types of peep sights
1. Brockman’s Ghost Ring Sights
Built to work as a support part of a scoped rifle, this peep sight has a pop-up hole that can be set once the scope is detached. It is entirely flexible for windage and elevation.
2. Talley Peep Sight
This peep sight has a thoughtful look. It is originally designed to go with Talley’s excellent scope bases, which have two recoil shoulders milled into them, meaning that once the peep sight is held, it isn’t going anywhere. The hole provides a vivid picture of the target, allowing for fast shooting. This system also permits you to change over a scope wearing Talley rings.
How to use peep sight on your rifle
Step 1: The right size
It is one of the most significant factors in the professional shooting. Different persons have different sights. Therefore, choosing the right size of a peep sight can decide what you achieve as a result. In this article, I suppose to use the small peep sights rather than the large ones.
There are two brief explanations to use a small peep sight:
- First, by reducing the size of the aperture, you can minimize your edge for error when aiming. For example, if you aim with the pin halfway between the center and the edge of the peep with a large opening, your gun will hit much farther from the focusing point than if you aim the same way using a peep sight with a small opening.
- Second, a small peep enriches your depth of field. When using a small peep sight, both the buckles and the target can be in focal point. You won’t have to make a decision which one to concentrate. Making this selection is one of the causes of using a large peep sight that many gun users favor when centering their entire pin guard in the peep.
Step 2: Install and adjust the peep sight
- First, you need to attach the peep sight to the gun. It will not coincide with the trajectory immediately. You must manipulate so that your gun’s center will coincide with the path of the bullet.
- Second, you need to make the peep sight parallel to the axis of the gun barrel by screwing the tripods tightly to the gun’s body and adjusting the arm firmly.
- After having fixed the gun, let it face the target, turn the zoom adjusting knob to the minimum zoom size. Then you fire the first shot. Through the peep sight, you will identify the bullet holes on the target.
- When you have a bullet hole in the pipe, you turn the center adjusting knob on the tube: there is the U-shaped knob (stands for Up) is the adjusting knob used to move up and down. The knob has an L (Left) is the fixing knob used to scroll to the left and right.
Step 3: Enter the peep
Then, start to go to the real “battle.”
Peep sights enhance on notch-and-post open sights by strengthening your eye’s ability to see the front sight in connection to the target. Don’t you believe? Then try this: hold a pencil in your palm, then coil your fingers around it. Now slide the pencil out. If you look at the distant objects in bright light, they come out sharper and more focused than they do without your hand-made peep.
What you do is to set your eye, so you look through the rear hole or peephole. Your eye automatically centers the front sight component because the brightest light is at the heart of the peep sight. All you have to do is set the front sight part out with the target and shoot! It’s simple.
Step 4: Estimate the precision of a peep sight
You may ignore the accuracy when using a peep sight, but this step is no less important. By this, you will focus on what is front of you. However, you don’t have to be too concentrated because it will lead to some unexpected errors.
Here are two pictures to make you imagine what I suppose to introduce to you:
Picture one presents three superimposed sight pictures, the correct one in the center, and then left- and right-misaligned sight pictures for an aperture organization.
Image 2 illustrates a schematic chart of the hole, barrel, and front bead at a radius of 31 about a target at 100 yards.
If you hinge on two pictures above, you will find a new and more exact way to precise your peep sight. However, it depends much on what your objective is. If your target is a big thing, always remember to adjust your precision to the brightest points.
Even though you have tried to learn the methods of reaching some ways to use a peep sight, you must be very confused when using it at first. It is common sense. Therefore, don’t be afraid to try some new experiments using a peep sight. To some extent, I hope this article can help you learn more about peep sight and the separate steps to achieve your goal.