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Bubba Peep Sight for SKS

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Woody Jones, Dec 6, 2011.

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  1. Woody Jones

    Woody Jones Member

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    My eyes aren't what they used to be & I've been having trouble seeing the rear sight notch on my SKS. I wasn't really in the mood to invest in Tech-Sites or similar, so I took a washer with 1/8 inch hole, ground a flat edge, then used the old stand-by (JB Weld :eek:) to fasten washer upright in front of notch in rear sight. Applying some Sharpie finished the job. It works great & if you want take it off, just bust the JB & start over.

    Might not be for everybody, but works for me.
     
  2. M-Cameron

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    i find your lack of pictures disturbing...
     
  3. Woody Jones

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    I'll take some tomorrow. The ones I took with my cell were terrible.
     
  4. DeMilled

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    If you really like the results I'm sure you could order a replacement stock rear sight and have your local TIG welder hook you up with a permanent/more rugger model. Use the JB Weld to try out different aperture sizes, and height placements and when you find what works best have it reproduced as a welded product.
     
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    I have done the same thing on my Saiga and a Mosin/Nagant. I just picked up spare rear sights for both rifles at gun shows for less than $10/sight. I had 5mm washers, JB weld and flat black paint already. The peep sights work great for $10:)
     
  6. Woody Jones

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    Thanks for the input. I was already considering the TIG route after experimenting. Anybody have a good source for replacement sights for a Norinco SKS?
     
  7. Deus Machina

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    Well, there are peep sights to replace the whole rear sight available through Midway, Brownells, and others, for probably less than the local welding shop wants for flipping the machine on.

    On the other hand, I've been considering grabbing a surplus sight and firing up the mill to make a pretty, adjustable one. I figure an aperture rear sight with my duplex crosshair front would make a heck of a nice sight picture. :D
     
  8. Woody Jones

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    I've got my own welding gear -- I was just trying to come up with something quick and easy. I tend to lean towards the "caveman" approach for truck/farm guns, so I want to stay away from optics on weapons designated for that purpose, but I have scopes on my deer rifles. This set-up is working great so far. I've only tested it up close so far, will try some longer ranges tomorrow. If it goes well, I will likely do the same thing to my other SKS and my WASR. I'll be welding the washers on after mocking up & testing them with the JB.
     
  9. henschman

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    My understanding of how a peep sight works is that it needs to be close to the shooter's eye to achieve the quick target acquisition that makes them preferable to notch sights. The idea is that you don't have to even think about the rear sight, or try to line it up with anything... your eye automatically centers the front sight in the greatest point of light, which is the center of the aperture.

    If I understood you correctly, you just put an aperture on the factory tangent sight located halfway down the rifle. How does this give you any benefit over the notch? It doesn't give you any more sight radius, and it seems like if anything it would obscure your field of vision more. The only difference is that instead of trying to center the front sight in a little square notch, you're trying to center it in a little circle.

    I'm not trying to poo-poo your project, but I just don't understand how such a thing would help any.
     
  10. Deus Machina

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    In my--albeit limited and hardly universal--experience, it's still quicker even halfway down the rifle.

    You're correct in that it's much preferred close to your eye and you instinctively line it up, but even halfway down, it seems to me to be more akin to 'center it up' instead of 'center it, then align it'. Basically, it kind of tricks your brain into aligning the front sight with one shape (a circle) instead of two (the sides of the notch, then the top).
     
  11. Woody Jones

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    Hey, it works for me. It's just easier for my eyes to pick up a circle & center up the front sight than it is to pick out that little notch. Yes, more sight radius would be better, but like I stated before: quick & easy was what I was looking for.
     
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    A company called "mojo sights" makes a rear sight replacement for the SKS:
    http://www.mojosights.com/ak47_sks.html

    But I really like my Tech-Sight that moves the aperture back to where it belongs, near my eye for maximum benefit. It was worth it for me, but you'll still get an improvement with the aperture located forward, just not as much benefit.
     
  13. kk0g

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    +1 on Tech Sights, I have a set on my 10-22 and they're excellent sights. Installing a "peep" in the SKS's original rear sight location puts it way to far from your eye to get any aperature effect.
     
  14. Woody Jones

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    The Mojo sights for the SKS/AK look pretty nice. I installed Tech Sights on my Mini 14 and they are very nice. For the time being, though, the $.10 washers are working great.
     
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    I like it Woody. We (particularly me) are so wasteful with $10 here and $20 there... I love the idea of getting what you want for a dime and some time.

    ... still awaiting pics of this creation. ;)
     
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