- a plate containing a small hole through which a gunner peeps in sighting.
Origin of peep sight
First recorded in 1880–85
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Examples from the Web for peep sight
"By Jove, that Peep-sight is a streak," Parker declared admiringly.The Pride of Palomar
Peter B. Kyne
I have experimented with peep-sights; but one cannot hold a pistol steadily enough to get the full advantage of a peep-sight.Automatic Pistol Shooting
The American contrivance of the peep-sight is a very minute instrument, with a still smaller aperture.The Theory and Practice of Archery
Just train the gun on that white stone on the shore over there; look through your peep-sight and get the gun exactly on it.
While this was proceeding Robert would be at the shoulder-piece, his eye at the peep-sight, aiming at some boat in the river.
- an adjustable rear gun sight with a narrow aperture through which the target and the front sight are aligned when aiming
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