Q&A Does Your Peep Sight Twist on You?

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I got this question from Oleg on the blog: “I started my journey with archery using a compound bow and as you mentioned compounds have peep sights so it is easier. However, due to my technique or some fault of the bow sometimes the string twists a little and peep sight turns. This can be very annoying.

Compound bows are more mechanical than other bows, so if you are going to shoot a compound, you have to learn how to fiddle with them. No doubt about that. And this is one of those things that is quite frustrating to the archer, so it has to be dealt with. If you have a bow press, it can be relatively easy to remove the peep and reinstall it in the place you need. If you do not have a bow press I included a procedure below to make adjustments without one. Both of these segments are excerpts from my book “Archery Coaching How To’s.”

Peep Tied InPotential Pitfalls (Peep Sight)
1.  The Peep Rotates When the Bow is Drawn (Release Aid)
This is typically due to a rotating bowstring. When constructed, the bowstring, had twists built into it. But if the string stretches, the string also rotates, taking the peep out of line. Some strings are sold already stretched to avoid this problem. Another is to orient the peep so that when the rotation occurs, the peep ends up in the right place.

2  The Peep Rotates When the Bow is Drawn (Finger Release)
In addition to the problems described in #1 (above), finger shooters can also cause the string to rotate as their fingers curl or uncurl around the string as the bow is drawn. The solution is to orient the peep so that when the rotation occurs, the peep ends up in the right place.

Emergency Peep Fixes
Sometimes during competition, a string stretches and the peep no longer lines up. To fix the problem, simply slide the nock locators away from the peep. Figure out how the peep has to rotate to get it to work and then take a strand from one side of the peep and swing it over to the other side accordingly:
·  If you take a strand from the right side and take it around the front of the peep it will point the peep more to the left.
·  If you take a strand from the right side and take it around the back of the peep it will point the peep more to the right.
If you already have too many strands on the left and not enough on the right:
·  If you take a strand from the left side and take it around the front of the peep it will point the peep more to the right.
·  If you take a strand from the left side and take it around the back of the peep it will point the peep more to the left.
When you are done slide the locators back up against the peep.
Note The reason there are two processes given to make a move to both left or right is so you can keep the number of strands on each side of the peep the same.

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