peep sight

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noun

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

Historical Examples of peep sight

  • "By Jove, that Peep-sight is a streak," Parker declared admiringly.

  • I have experimented with peep-sights; but one cannot hold a pistol steadily enough to get the full advantage of a peep-sight.

  • The American contrivance of the peep-sight is a very minute instrument, with a still smaller aperture.

  • 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.

    An Annapolis First Classman

    Lt.Com Edward L. Beach

  • 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 Annapolis First Classman

    Lt.Com Edward L. Beach


British Dictionary definitions for peep sight

peep sight

noun

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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