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peep sight

a plate containing a small hole through which a gunner peeps in sighting.
Origin of peep sight
First recorded in 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Wheres that closed-sight gun you brought out last week, the one with the peep sight in the grip?

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • The instructor sights it on some object showing the normal and peep sight.

    Military Instructors Manual

    James P. Cole and Oliver Schoonmaker
  • We had a match at target, distance 90 feet, with 22-calibre Stephens rifle; he used globe and peep sight, I used open sights.

  • In the upper end of this stick a very small hole is bored for a sight, similar to a peep sight on a rifle.

  • With the peep sight, the line of sight is determined by the center of the peep and the top of the front sight.

  • There are two kinds of sights on the rear sight leaf, the open and peep sight.

    The Plattsburg Manual O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey
  • The following illustration shows the normal sight when the peep sight is used.

    The Plattsburg Manual O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey
  • The above illustration shows the correct alignment of the peep sight, front sight, and the bull's-eye.

    The Plattsburg Manual O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey
  • The top of the front sight and not the bull's-eye is focused in the center of the peep sight.

    The Plattsburg Manual O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey
  • I aimed just in front of him and pulled the trigger as his head appeared in the peep sight.

    Camps and Trails in China Roy Chapman Andrews and Yvette Borup Andrews
British Dictionary definitions for peep sight

peep sight

an adjustable rear gun sight with a narrow aperture through which the target and the front sight are aligned when aiming
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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