How to Install a Bow Peep Sight

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How to Install a Bow Peep Sight
Learn how to install a peep sight on your compound bow (arrow and target image by T.Tulic from

Most rifles and pistols feature a pair of iron sights on the forward and rear sections of the firearm that are lined up by the shooter for an accurate shot. Compound bows often feature this dual-sight method of aiming, as well. The front sight usually takes the form of a pin sight, while the the most common rear sight is the peep sight. As in all forms of dual-sight setups, the rear peep sight creates a frame of reference through which to view the forward sight.

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Things you need

  • String separator
  • Dental floss
  • Lighter

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  1. 1

    Insert the pointed end of the string separator between the intertwined string fibres just above the draw point.

  2. 2

    Twist the string separator 90 degrees left or right. Doing so will pull the string fibres apart. Place the notch in the opposite of the string separator around the bowstring to hold it in place.

  3. 3

    Hold the peep sight between the string fibres. With your other hand, slowly twist the string separator the opposite direction 90 degrees to bring the string fibres back together. Ensure that the string fibres run along the grooves cut on the peep sight.

  4. 4

    Draw back your bow and get into your standard draw position. For most experienced hunters, this position is second-nature and usually features specific finger or thumb knuckles resting behind the jawbone. What is important is that you can comfortably and automatically resume this position each time you draw.

  5. 5

    Look at your front sight, with the peep sight positioned in the foreground. If the hole in the peep sight rests above the front sight, you will need to slide it downward. If the hole in the peep sight rests below the front sight, you will need to slide it upward.

  6. 6

    Relax the bowstring. Slide the peep sight upward or downward on the string fibres according to the directions above.

  7. 7

    Repeat Steps 4 through 7 until the peep sight rim is centred on the front sight while drawing the bow in your standard position.

  8. 8

    Tie the peep sight into place with dental floss. Start a double overhand knot just above the peep sight in the centre of your floss strand. Tie another overhand knot on the opposite side of the string, followed by another on the other side of the string, working your way upward as you go along.

  9. 9

    Repeat Step 8 with another strand of floss tied just below the peep sight. After you have finished tying the floss in place, burn away the leftover string with a lighter.

Tips and warnings

  • Ask a friend to slide the peep sight up and down while you are in your draw position to avoid having to relax and draw the string over and over.
  • Always take the proper safety precautions when shooting arrows with your bow.

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