Bow Peep Sights
Every piece of equipment on your bow has a purpose. You rely on a rock solid bow sight to help you place your arrow exactly where you want. A quality rest quietly and securely holds your arrow in place before releasing it towards your target, and a worthy string stopper eliminates noise and vibration resulting in a quieter shot. But what about your peep sight, you know the sight you rely on to make sure you are properly aligned with your bow sight? In this article we will look at the different peep sight available and what distinct advantages each possess.
What is a Peep Sight?
There are several different variations of peep sight on the market today, but let’s first look at what the peep sight is designed to do. A peep sight is a small, inexpensive circular device that is positioned in your bow string and will drastically tighten your shooting groups and increase your hunting confidence as well. While at full draw your peep site will help you quickly align your bow sight and find the correct pin more quickly and thus aid in making an accurate shot. A peep sight also helps you “focus” on your target because it narrows your field of view. This limits outside interference and distraction which allows you to focus solely on your target and make an accurate shot.
Using a peep sight helps force the shooter to anchor the same way and at the same position every time. This in turn helps you be more accurate. After all, the key to accuracy in archery is repeatability. If you draw and anchor at the exact same point every time you’ll be consistent, which means you’ll be accurate. When out hunting big game like whitetails this proves to be an especially handy little device. Shot opportunities often come in tricky, tough and awkward shooting positions and the addition of a peep sight greatly aids in accuracy during these tricky situations.
Aligning Your Peep Sight
When aiming with a peep sight there are essentially two things to consider. One, simply center an exact sight pin in the peep or secondly, align it with your bow sight’s circular pin guard. Let us examine the advantages and disadvantages of aligning your peep with the pin guard or simply centering an exact sight pin within the peep.
We will start with the most popular method and that is aligning your peep sight with the pin guard. It’s not hard to figure out why this is the most popular method; simply look at the circular bow sight housings on nearly all of today’s most popular bow sights. This method allows the shooter to sustain a constant anchor point regardless of what pin they use. The fact that this method utilizes a larger peep orifice allows for better visibility during low light shooting conditions, when big bucks are most likely to present a shot. This method does take a split second longer to acquire to your target in order to find that consistent anchor point. Once you have aligned your peep with the bow sight pin guard, find the sight pin and then to proceed to aiming, your shot opportunity could be gone.
Many of today’s archers believe that centering the pin with the peep sight is the most effective because it is more natural to for the human to eye to center the pin within the peep sight. This allows for super quick target recognition in which a split second could make or break the shot. Some argue, however, that this method adversely affects long range accuracy because you have to alter your anchor point to correctly align yourself with the bow sight.
Peep Sight Size
Another factor that should be evaluated when purchasing a peep sight is the size of the sight. If you are primarily going to use your archery rig for bowhunting, then the larger the sight the better. As we have already covered, a bigger sight has several benefits including more light in low light shooting conditions and quicker and easier recognition of sight pins. Simply put, the smaller your peep sight the harder it will be to see in low light and you will feel less precise in your aiming and targeting methods. Most bow hunters choose a peep sight that is ¼” or 3/16” in diameter in order to maximize the amount of available light.
Which Peep Sight is Right for Me?
Peep sights come in nearly every size, color and shape imaginable these days and, just like every aspect archery related, it all comes down to personal preference when it comes to deciding which one to buy. So, let’s take a closer look and analyze the peep sites available on the market today to aid in your decision when it comes time to purchase your peep sight.
Peep Sight & Silicone Tubing
The Nitro Peep Sight is made from high-impact resin which will provide years of worry free use. This self-aligning peep sight eliminates the “twisted peep” upon draw so you are sure to be ready when the moment of truth arises. The premium Silicone Peep Tubing (included) assures that you will eliminate the dry rot and cracking that is so common with other tubings. With the color matched tubing, your bow will have a custom look that will add to the style of your bow package. Available in 3/16" and 1/4" apertures. Available at pineridgearchery.com
G5 Meta Peep
The Meta Peep site by G5 is perhaps the most popular peep site on the market today and comes in 5 sizes (3/32”, 1/8”, 3/16”, ¼”, and 5/16”) suited to fit your needs. Designed for archers of all draw lengths, an hourglass shape aids with alignment when looking through the peep sight through your bow sight. Less than half the weight of their competitors, the Meta Peep is constructed using magnesium alloy which allows for a faster overall arrow speed.
Red Eye Peep
This traditional concave peep sight utilizes a large size convex re-entrance pupil to simulate the same light gathering effects achieved when looking through binoculars or a scope. The extra light is transferred through the exit pupil on the site and directly into the shooter’s eye providing better accuracy in low light. This aluminum constructed peep comes in three sizes (1/8”, 3/16”, and ¼”) and is lightweight and ultra-durable.
The Whisper Peep actually doubles as a vibration dampening agent doubling its usefulness and performance. As the world’s only vibration dampening peep site, the Whisper Peep Site features an elliptical aperture that becomes circular at full, allows for increased light transmission and a better field of view when shooting. A string channel on the outside rim of the peep sight allows provides quick and easy installation and does not sacrifice speed in the slightest.
This aluminum constructed peep sight is ideal for both bowhunters and archery target shooters alike. Its special angled design allows the peep sight to remain parallel to the bow while the shooter is at full draw and weighs only 8 ½ grains which results in increased arrow speed. The innovative design allows for a perfectly circular, shaded hole when the shooter is at full draw and eliminated the need for pesky, hoods sticking off your peep sight. This peep site is available in six sizes (1/32”, 3/64”, 1/16”, 3/32”, 1/8”, 3/16” and ¼”) and requires no tools for installation.
Transition Peep Sights
Looking to gain an extra 5 feet per second? Then switch your peep sight. Yes, I said your peep sight! The Transition Peep Sight uses photo-chromic technology that self adjusts its tint level according to available UV light. It self adjusts to clear in low light and darkens in bright light. This means that when its dark out, your peep sight is bright and when it’s bright out, your peep sight fades to give the shooter better visual reference when shooting. Weighing in at just 6 grains, it’s one of the lightest peep sights on the market and your bow gains 5 feet per second as a result.
Dusk Vision Peep Sight
The Dusk Vision Peep Sight features four dots around the rim of the peep sight that naturally gathers light when exposed to the sun or any other form of light that light up at dusk and dawn. This allows the bowhunter to visually locate and center the peep on the shooter’s bow sight in dim light providing for better accuracy when deer are most likely to be moving.
Hooded 37 Degree Super Hunter Peep
This large quarter inch hooded aluminum peep sight is extremely lightweight for increased arrow speed and accepts all quarter inch verifiers and clarifiers. The sharp 37 degree angle is designed for short axle to axle bows. Available in 5 different sizes (1/32”, 3/64”, 1/16”, 3/32” and 1/8”) with an optional revolutionary 1/8” aperture for superior bright view.
Peep sights are a small step that can greatly increase your target accuracy, boost your shooting confidence and increase your hunting success. They are inexpensive and easy to install, so it’s no wonder they are equipped on nearly every modern bowhunter’s bow. Hopefully this article has given a little insight and better understanding of how a peep sight works and how to choose the best one for your hunting situation.