Peep SIGHTs....


June 8, 2009, 09:45 PM
so.. second attempt see if I got it right this time.

So, I am contemplating putting a peep on my marlin model 30 and was Curious as to everyone's opinions.
What do you have peeps on?
What do you think of them?
What difference has it made in the performance of the gun?
Do you recommend them?

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June 8, 2009, 10:08 PM
Personal preference. No big deal.

Now that I need reading glasses, I find aperture sights (peep sights) to be more convenient than blades for shooting short ranges.

June 8, 2009, 10:09 PM
I put apertures on every longgun that I buy if I can get them for it. Well, except for my CZ 452.

I've got Techsights on 10/22, XS Sights on the 336, and the AR-15 has them as standard equipment, as does my Winchester 69 .22 rifle. I don't like tiny peeps meant for target shooting, I prefer larger size apertures.

June 8, 2009, 10:13 PM
i've got them on a marlin 336 and a savage 99. i went that route so i could continue to have a reasonable expectation of clean kills out to 200 yards while dropping weight and bulk on the rifles. both missions accomplished. i certainly gave up some accuracy over the scoped versions, but for short range big game killers, not enough to have ethical issues.

June 8, 2009, 10:55 PM
I have the originals on my M1, and I'm always amazed how well I and my grandson can shoot with those sights!

June 9, 2009, 06:12 AM
I have tech-sights on my SKS and just ordered them for my 10/22! My kel-tec sub2k is factory equiped with a peep sight. The little sub2k will put 15 rounds of 155gr .40 S&W into the COM of a IPSC silhouette target at 100 yards. IMOO that is more than decent accuracy for a little plastic 4lb rifle that folds in 1/2;)
I'm also looking for a PH5a, central or rawson peep sight for my Ishapore .308...a tack driver like the ishy deserves a classic peep sight!

In this time of red dots and glass on EVERY rifle, I love the ruggedness and simplicity of peep sights!

June 9, 2009, 08:41 AM
I like peepsights, and I love Tang mounted peepsights!

It's the best way to shoot iron sighted rifles accurately, period.

Steven's Rifle Co. knew it - back in the days when people knew how to shoot and what made for an accurate shot...

June 9, 2009, 08:44 AM
I find that peep sight help me keep on taget when rapid firing, but also like them on bolt guns too.

June 9, 2009, 09:04 AM
Those are pretty sweet KRS. I guess these opinions pretty well make my decision for me...

June 9, 2009, 10:15 AM
XS aperture sites are about the fastest siting system I've ever seen. Great system.

June 9, 2009, 10:18 AM
My little Steven's Walnut Hill collection...I really got into their rifles for a while some years back.

If you haven't used a peep sight before it'll seem a little odd at first. The correct way to aim is to look through the peep hole ignoring the actual rear sight. You simply place the front sight on target while you view it through the rear sight, press the trigger and bingo! - hit the target. Smaller peeps make a finer sight but there's a loss of light when using a smaller peephole. Generally for target shooting the small peeps are best while for plinking, hunting, and general use into the dim light times of day a bigger peep hole will work best. There are adjustable apertures available.

You probably won't regret trying the sights, and as usual there's plenty of knowledge here to smooth out any rough places you might find in the effort.

There was a lot of very active and competitive shooting going on in this country back at the beginning of the last century. Most towns had "Shoots" that accompanied Fourth of July, New Years, Thanksgiving, and assorted other occasions. Shooting in communities all over the eastern seaboard and into the near midwest - as in Ohio and Pennsylvania. There were matches in practically every town, and then larger periodic matches in several locations. The whole thing gradually evolved into the NRA sponsored National Matches held in Ohio at Camp Perry in 1907 and even on to today, and the major rifle manufacturers all got in on the popularity by putting out products designed to win the shoots. It eventually became predominantly scoped sights but until then the peep sight, receiver or tang mounted, was the way to win.

June 9, 2009, 03:08 PM
Probably the biggest advantage receiver sights have over conventional irons is that, properly employed, they are much faster at achieving a correct sight picture when brought up from a carrying position to aiming at a target.

June 9, 2009, 07:07 PM
I have a Skinner peep on my Marlin 39A.

I like it a lot. I enjoy using the peep more than other sights, as far as sight picture, adjustments, etc. But I seem to group better with patridge or buckhorns. I dunno.

June 9, 2009, 11:04 PM
Tech-Sights on my Marlin 60 and Yugo SKS. Just finished installing some Williams peeps on a "Norinco Fast Deer KL-3B 22cal pellet" project rifle that I converted to a SKS trainer.

I prefer peeps to notch irons personally. I find it easier to focus on the target and technique as you do not have the rear notch to deal with. I shoot consistently better groups with peeps.

I would put a set on my Mosin Nagant 91/30 if I could find a set that could be installed on rear of the receiver. The only ones I have found are ghost ring's that replace the original sights but I do not see the advantage in a peep sit that far forward on the rifle.

June 10, 2009, 11:40 PM

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