Barrel mounted peeps


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DeadFlies
May 1, 2012, 11:56 AM
I have a post-'64 M94 and, like most people who shoot one of these, I simply abhor the stock sights.

This is my deer rifle and it will see a fair amount of plinking time too but will probably never see shots at ranges over 200 yards.

I know a Williams receiver-mounted peep will work. The internet is filled with hundreds of people espousing the virtues of the Williams sights. But it's so ugly. It's just a big black hunk of incongruous aluminum grafted onto the side of a sexy, sleek M94. I hate the way it looks but I know it works.

Skinner makes a barrel-mounted peep that will slide right into the dovetail where the rear sight currently resides and I like the looks of it. It appeals to my minimalist tendencies. It's unobtrusive and looks like it belongs if one even notices it at all. But being so far from the eye, does it work? I'm not so sure.

I really want to go with a Skinner but if they don't work I may have to set my aesthetic prejudices aside and get the Williams.

Anybody use barrel-mounted peep sights, especially a Skinner on a M94? Love 'em? Hate 'em? Indifferent?

Thanks

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CraigC
May 1, 2012, 12:01 PM
IMHO, a barrel mounted peep is a waste of money. The benefit of a peep sight is that it is mounted close to the eye. This offers the advantage of increased sight radius and also you do not have to concentrate on centering the front sight in the aperture. Your eye does this automatically. Which not only increases precision and decreases fatigue, it's also quicker. I would suggest getting a proper peep sight. Once you do, you'll quickly get over how it looks. Which, I might add, is 100x better than a goofy scope. I don't find them to be unsightly at all.

http://photos.imageevent.com/newfrontier45/rifles/large/Coyote%2002.JPG

DeadFlies
May 1, 2012, 12:08 PM
From the right, I agree; the Williams is not unsightly at all. It's the LEFT side that I object to.

But if it works then you are probably right...I will get over how it looks. Function tops aesthetics every time.

henschman
May 1, 2012, 11:50 PM
Another option you might like, if aesthetics are your main concern, is the XS peep sight. They are pretty sleek, yet still give you the advantages of a receiver mounted peep sight. They don't adjust as easily as a Williams, but they do look good.

hang fire
May 2, 2012, 12:27 AM
This is a air gun aperture sight I purchased as a quick installation back up sight for scope on my MN truck gun. It has quick adjust target knobs and mounts out on the barrel utilizing the 12mm dovetail where the rear sight was mounted. My scout scope also mounts on the 12 mm dovetail.

It works great as a ghost ring sight mounted out on the barrel with the disk removed and no attention is paid to the sight as the eye automatically goes to the center same as a aperture sight mounted on the receiver.

Paid $30.00 for the aperture sight, a conventional open sight with same target knob adjustments is $20.00. They are very well made and strongly built sights and a great bargain for their low cost.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y92/TANSTAAFL-2/P1010360.jpg

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DeadFlies
May 2, 2012, 07:43 AM
Another option you might like, if aesthetics are your main concern, is the XS peep sight. They are pretty sleek, yet still give you the advantages of a receiver mounted peep sight. They don't adjust as easily as a Williams, but they do look good.
I like the XS sights but I'm not sure I want to drill even more holes in my M94. It would be the best of both worlds though. Food for thought.

wyohome
May 2, 2012, 08:24 PM
Would it be possible to install a tang sight? They look classy.

http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=27447/Product/IMPROVED-PEEP-TANG-SIGHT

HoosierQ
May 2, 2012, 08:30 PM
I have a Skinner Lo-Pro coming for my 10/22.

CraigC
May 2, 2012, 08:40 PM
You can install a tang sight but you'll have to drill & tap one hole.

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