Hey guys, I just joined up around here, seems like a nice place, and thought id share this option Ive found for a sks peep sight. I recently picked up a bubba'd Chinese sks from my brother, primarily as a spare/parts gun for my Russian. Ive always wanted to mess around with an sks, the length of pull is short and the chunky bayo lug aint for me, but it would be hersey to bubba the Russian, so I decided to fire up the Dremel and the tap and go at this new one.
A good peep is my favorite sight by far and wanted one on the SKS. The tech sight is nice, but more than you need. The front sight is fully adjustable with a five dollar tool, so I didint feel the need to pay $70+ for a adjustable rear (I only paid $150 for the rifle!). Looking at the rifle, i couldn't help but notice the nice steel dust cover, right at the perfect height for a peep. I then thought of the lo-pro skinner sights, but $40+ for a glorified screw seemed a little steep, no matter who makes it. The next day I picked up a washer and thumb bolt from ace for $1.67, and the pictures tell the tale:
I just drilled an tapped the dustcover to the thumb screw, and then threaded in the screw with the washer on. I then would file down the washer, slowly while checking the fit, until the thumb screw was parallel with the rear when nice and tight. After the fit was good, I filed down the bottom so it was flush with the cover, and out of the way of the bolt carrier. A little thread locker and black paint, and done. I also had to drill a hole in the screw of course.
At the height my peep was at, the humps on the rear sight base took up alot of space in the sight picture, so I filed them flat for an open field of view. A higher peep (more washers) would have solved the problem also, but I like the height its at. The front sight has plenty of room to move up. To sight in in at 50 yards I had to turn the front sight down about 5 revolutions.
And the rifle itself. It has really opened my eyes to the SKS. When the yugo's first hit the market years ago, I picked one up. I know now it had a worn out gas valve, but back then, I spent 3 months in vain trying to make it cycle. I sold it, thoroughly disgusted with the sks. A few years later I saw a really nice clean Russian at Cabelas for $230, knew it was a deal, and bought it. I love it, it has never failed me, but the stock was short, and the sights nothing special. Awesome rifle, but not perfect. Then on a whim I grabbed this from my brother in pieces, missing the magazine. He had tried to make a dragunov-hi-cap-sniper-tacticool-sks, and had got bored. With the peep and new factory mag, Im still only $183 into this gun. Its .30 cal. Reliable. Shoots good. pops right up and feels great. What could you buy new, today, that meets the criteria, for anywhere near that price? Long Live the SKS!