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peep sight vs. scope?

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by TRX, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. TRX

    TRX Well-Known Member

    I've always preferred iron sights, but I'm to the point where the usual notch and blade doesn't fall within my range of focus.

    The obvious solution would be to change to a low-power scope. However, I've seen a bit of commentary about peep sights, mostly from older shooters with the same problem I have.

    My particular milsurp rifle will require elaborate bracketry and some gunsmithing either way, and there's not much difference in price between a new peep sight and a modest scope, so ease of installation and cost would be about the same.

    My application is primarily "minute of beer can" plinking.
    It's not that I need a super-accurate sight, I just need a sight I can see.

    Are the peeps as good as their advocates claim? Or just bypass the whole iron sight thing and move to a scope?
  2. Sistema1927

    Sistema1927 Well-Known Member

    Peep sights and Ghost Ring sights are great. Those of us with presbyopia will shoot much better with them than with notch/blade combinations. The eye automatically centers the post and results in great consistency shot after shot.

    That said, I like my scopes as well.
  3. AlexanderA

    AlexanderA Well-Known Member

    Don't butcher your milsurp by drilling holes in the receiver. Just retire it and get a new gun.
  4. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

  5. Sav .250

    Sav .250 Well-Known Member

    Peeps have a purpose and a range .That being how far you can see clearly.

    Scopes are all most un-limited.

    Plinking,with-in reason is fun with a peep.
  6. tuj

    tuj Well-Known Member

    Honestly, why not go with a red dot? No magnification, so you needn't worry about extra shakes, but a single-plane focal system that is easy on the eyes and precise. I can hit a can-sized target off-hand with a Ruger MKIII and an ultradot sight at 50 meters.
  7. jmr40

    jmr40 Well-Known Member


    And put a low powered 1-4X or 2-7X scope on it. Even with a mid range scope they will literally do EVERYTHING better than iron sights. They are less prone to malfunctin, work far, far better in low light and with low 1x or 2X magnification are actually faster for up close fast shooting.

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