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Winchester rifle peep sight mod.

September 12, 2012
English: Lyman No. 48 peep sight

English: Lyman No. 48 peep sight (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

OK, well this is actually the 2nd try to post this, had some serious frustration with wordpress software. 😦

Anyway, back in the good ol’ days, I was a competition shooter in Cowboy Action Shooting an extremely fun sport ‘playing cowboy’ with real weapons for the period. Still have my Winchester 94AE ‘Trapper’ rifle, chambered in .357 magnum. During the competition days, one was not allowed to modify your shootin’ irons to update them to anything modernish, because the premise of the sport was to ‘time travel’ back to the 1890’s or along there. But now, anything goes, I’ve had hunting scopes on it and other ideas. But considering it one of my favorite weapons, and very useful as a survival gun, I decided to try a ‘low tech’ idea, peep sights from   Williams Gun Sight Company with their ‘firesight’ model front sight.

After having the front sight installed at a local gunsmith, it was time to start sighting in the new equipment. So, first thing is to get the peepsight centered on the barrel. Used a bit of string, threaded through the aperture of the sight and held taut on the front sight.

Use the string to visually center the rear peep sight down the middle of the rifle by centering the string over known center objects of the barrel, like the front scope mounting screws, by moving the top ‘windage‘ adjustment which moves the peep sight right or left . This should get you pretty close to where you need to be, center wise, when you head to the range to start punching holes in paper targets, say at about 50 feet or so, adjusting the elevation screw (up / down ) and the ‘windage’ screws (on top for left /right ) as required to get bull’s-eyes at that distance. Now, gradually move the target further out, repeating the procedure until you have it out as far as you can see the target and get your bull’s-eyes.

The installed peep sight looks like this, a tiny hole to ‘peep’ through as you see the front sight within.

Yeah, that’s the big ol’ red, ready to fire mode on the safety button. I don’t worry about it because I’ve made SURE the weapon is unloaded, and it can’t fire even if loaded and chambered unless the hammer is pulled back, which it clearly isn’t.

When you’re aiming the rifle with peep sights, the sight picture looks like this:

You can just make out the red dot of the front sight in the picture. It’s a pain to try to duplicate what your eye can do. When you actually look through the sight, the front sight with its bright red fiber optic center is very visible.

The idea behind this effort is to investigate how well ‘primitive’ sights like this work on one’s survival weapon. This ain’t my only rifle, just one of my favorites in my collection! The peep sights reportedly have faster and more accurate target acquisition than the regular steel sights. Going primitive has some advantages in ‘survival mode’, the gear is less complex, breaks less, won’t fog up or be blocked by rain like a scope and doesn’t require any batteries. While hunting, you do have to get closer to the game using iron sights instead of a scope, so you supposedly get a better shot with peep sights than with standard sights at the same distance.

English: Model 1894C in .357 Magnum with 18½&q...

English: Model 1894C in .357 Magnum with 18½” barrel. Photo by Jeff Dean. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Rimmed .357 Magnum revolver ammunition

Rimmed .357 Magnum revolver ammunition (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The .357 round is the sliver one in the center of theabove line-up. They are all various handgun ammo.

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