How to install a peep sight on a compound bow

How to Install A Peep Sight on A Compound Bow (5 Easy Steps with Visuals) 

A peep sight is a very crucial element for accuracy. People having trouble using only the front sight do benefit from the peep sight. But when it comes to “How to install a peep sight?” Most archers are dull. 

It is a task every archer should know. No one would like to go to the archery store to get these nitty gritty things done. It is not a very difficult job, as the main thing to do is just create a bundle of knots around the peep after fixing it between the two string strands. The next part is the adjustment. 

In this article, we will walk through all the steps needed to correctly install peep sights. 

Choosing the Right Peep Sight

To select the correct peep sight consider factors like your shooting style, the type of bow you have, and your preferred peep size. Generally, larger peep sights are better for low light conditions, while smaller peep sights offer greater accuracy for longer distances.

Step-by-Step Installation Guide

Now that you’ve prepared your bow and chosen the peep sight, let’s proceed with the step-by-step installation process.

1. Gather Your Materials 

You’ll need your bow, the peep sight, a bow press (if available), a bow square, and a serving string.

2.  Mark the Position 

Draw your bow to full draw and anchor. Have a friend mark the string where your eye naturally aligns with the string. This is the best starting position for your peep sight.

Where to mark the bowstring to place the peep sight

3. Compress the bow limbs 

If you have a bow press, which is preferred for ensuring safety for you and the bow, use it to compress the bow limbs. This will loosen the string so you can easily insert the peep sight without worrying about the string tension. If you don’t have a bow press, you can still install the peep sight, but it will be more challenging and unsafe.

4. Separate the Strings

Usually, a bowstring is made of two strands. Once the string is loose, separate the strands evenly where you’ve marked the position for the peep sight. Most bows have different colored strings, so don’t look at the color while separating but instead keep checking that all the fibers are evenly tensed and not unevenly tightened

Also, you have to separate the strands making an oval shape, and not the fibers. Make sure that the fibers are not damaged otherwise your string can be weakened or may even break. So try and use a tool that is not sharp enough to damage the bowstring.

I use a string separator tool, but you can use anything with a similar shape. You can use a small wooden dowel or a pencil to help create space between the strands while working on them

5. Insert the Peep Sight

Insert the peepsight between the separated strands. Make sure the peep sight is aligned correctly. There are cuts on the peep where the sting fits in. These cuts ensure that the peep is properly fixed between the two strands.

6. Secure the Peep Sight 

Use the serving string to tie above and below the peep sight, securing it in place. Make 8 to 10 rotations on each side. After making the ties, cut the serving string and keep a small part still hanging. Try to keep these knots ¼ inches away from the top and end of the peep sight.

A very good guide to tie the peep sight on the string with a serving.

7. Test the Peep Sight 

Release the bow press slowly, ensuring the peep sight stays in place. Draw the bow and aim through the peep sight to ensure it’s in the correct position. 

8. Adjust if Necessary 

If the peep sight isn’t in the correct position or doesn’t align with your eye in a fully drawn position, use the bow press to loosen the string and adjust the peep sight. Repeat this process until the peep sight is in the correct position.

9. Finalize the Installation 

Once the peep sight is in the correct position, you can finalize the installation. Use the serving string to secure the peep sight in place. Also, glue the small hanging part from the upper and lower knots or stick it in one of the windings. 

Now there are two ties to keep the peep sight in place. These ties would be very firmly attached to the bowstring, but you can move them upwards or downwards by grasping them with a piece of leather and applying force to them.

Adjusting Peep sight After Tying 

After the installation, it’s time to fine-tune your peep sight’s alignment. You can make adjustments to the peep sight’s position. Ensure that your anchor point remains consistent, and your sight picture is clear and well-centered.

Address The Peep Rotation Problem

After installation, the peep sight usually doesn’t have many issues but mostly the occasional rotation problem which can be solved by rotating your bowstring (not too much). Do this only if the peep is twisted too much that turning the d loop (eventually the string) wouldn’t get it in the right position when anchoring.

You can alter the position of the peep sight by twisting the end loop of the bow string. One twist rotates the string about ⅛ turn

Keep in mind that as you twist one end of the bowstring, it can alter the cam timing. So what you have to do is to rotate the other end in the same way. If you gave one rotation to an end towards yourself, you will have to give the same amount of rotation on the other end towards yourself. Optimize the peep’s position.

Other Common Issues Requiring Adjustments

Some things such as too much stretching of the bowstring or rotation of the peep sight or even changing the draw length etc would cause faulty position of the peep sight requiring small adjustments. You can just push the bundle up or down with the help of someone while drawing the bow. So the peep sight now aligns perfectly with your eye.

Dont Wax The Peep Sight

Waxing your peep sight is discouraged as it can reduce visibility, attract debris, and potentially alter its alignment, leading to shooting inaccuracies. 

Inspect the peep sight for any signs of wear or damage, and clean it using a soft, lint-free cloth to remove any dirt or debris that might accumulate during shooting sessions.

Practice To Get Used With The Peep Sight


Q: Can I install a peep sight myself, or do I need professional help?

You can easily install a peep sight if you have some experience in bow maintenance or even with bowstrings. I encourage you to do it yourself because as an archer should know these things for emergencies. However, if you’re unsure, seeking assistance from a professional is always a safe option.

Q: Are peep sights suitable for all types of bows?

Yes, peep sights can be used with various types of bows, including compound bows and some recurve bows. Ensure you choose the right peep sight size and type for your specific bow.

Q: Can I adjust the peep sight’s position after installation?

Yes, you can make minor adjustments on the tied peep sight like moving it up and down and rotating it to achieve the best alignment for your shooting style and comfort.

Q: How often should I clean my peepsight?

A: It’s good practice to clean your peep sight regularly, especially if you shoot in dusty or muddy conditions. Wipe it down with a soft cloth after each shooting session.


Congratulations! You’ve successfully installed a peep sight on your bow, taking a significant step toward becoming a more accurate archer. Peep sights are fantastic tools that can vastly improve your shooting precision and overall archery experience. Remember to maintain your peep sight regularly and practice regularly to continue honing your skills.

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