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When it comes to peep sights, size really does matter. Many people say that you need to have an ultra tiny peep for accuracy, while others will claim that you need to have the peep as large as possible for maximum lighting. We believe that there are trade offs either way, so this week is dedicated to helping you select the right size peep for your eye and your bow build.
Right off the bat we need to say that small peeps improve accuracy. The smaller the peep sight, the smaller the window of your aiming, and the more accurate your shot thus becomes. Additionally, people with naturally strong vision will notice that the smaller peeps actually allow them to have clearer vision down range because the reduced aperture allows their eyes to focus better on further targets. However, small peeps can cause huge issues in settings with strange lighting, low lighting, or for those people with problematic eye sight. Below is an example of the various sizes of peeps, with the smaller ones being the more accurate.
Larger peeps tend to be easier to use for those with poor vision or in scenarios with low or poor lighting because the larger aperture. Our older archers tend to prefer the larger peep sights for that exact reason- it helps them see the target no matter the lighting. That said, larger peep sights are significantly less accurate because there is a lot of space around the sight within the sight window of the peep sight, and that area gives the archer the ability to be unknowingly inconsistent as the sight moves around the area of the peep sight's sight picture. Check out the picture below for an example of that spacing causing issues.
So, what peep should you select? We recommend that archers get the smallest possible peep that still allows them to clearly see the target, For some archers, that may be the large, 1/4" peep, while most others will have a fine time with a 1/16" peep. A really good idea is to invest a bit of extra money in a Specialty Archery Peep Sight with threading. Using that peep and a tool that is included with the package, an archer can adjust the size of the peep sight as needed, allowing for a flexible, durable, and adaptable peep sight size that fits them even as their eyes and bow change.
If you still can't decide, I recommend that you fit your peep to the sight of your sight, once you are at full draw. The edge the peep should perfectly eclipse the edge of the scope at full draw such that looking through your peep sight is looking only through the sight. Below is an example of a peep being too large, too small, and just right.
We hope this helps you increase your accuracy, and we look forward to seeing you on the range!
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