My experience with rifles has been very limited compared to handguns. It wasn't until I was a senior in high school in the late 1960's that I had ever fired one. Until recently, the only rifle I had ever owned was a JC Higgins .22 semi-automatic. As a new owner of a Hi-Point 4095TS, I was anxious to shoot it and to verify its accuracy. After a couple of busy weeks, I finally squeezed in a trip to my favorite indoor range on my way home from work on a Monday.
My older brother, former-Marine (although they maintain there is no such thing), and a dyed in the wool Smith & Wesson guy agreed to meet me and help me sort things out. We set the target up at 7 yards and I took aim in a standing position, but with my left elbow on the table. After my third shot, my brother yells, "stop shooting!" Those shots were so tight that they just kept making the first hole bigger. However, I was low about 3 inches and right about the same.
So, we immediately began trying to figure out how to adjust the sights. We corrected windage first, then elevation. We got them where we liked them and I was tearing up the bull's-eye. The only thing that surprised me is how far left the rear aperture had to be moved to be on target. I was very happy with my new carbine and my brother smiled approvingly.
I began to immediately lust after a 4x scope and when I got it, I just decided to take the iron sights off and mount the scope. In the meantime, I had ordered a cheap, muzzle mounted laser sighter.
The experience was not satisfactory.
I soon discovered that the arbor didn't completely expand to the diameter of the bore and that it did not stay stationary in the muzzle. I was all over the place and dissatisfied so I put it all away a sulked for a couple of days. It was in that few days that I determined that I would always have my iron sights on this carbine and that if I ever added optics, they would have either to co-witness the irons, or be detachable.
Even though my initial outing with the rifle was satisfactory once sighted in, I could never get my mind off the reality that my rear peep sight was almost as far left in the guard as it could go. I knew that this couldn't be right, so I shared my problem on the Hi Point Forum. One of the members suggested adjusting the front sight. You can do that? I inspected the front sight and found the two setscrews. I began to remove it and once off, saw that there were two small marks where the screws contacted the barrel. Then it dawned on me that there was no permanent, fixed location for that front sight. There was a slot on the bottom of the stock where the under barrel Picatinny rail was, but it was too loose to dependably fix the position of the sight.
(Ten yards and 15 yards)
Now, I had something to go on. I put the iron sights back on, but this time, I first repositioned the REAR SIGHT to be dead center on windage. Then I adjusted it to the second horizontal line from the top for neutral elevation. Not happy with my initial experience with the muzzle bore sighting method, I had ordered a Sightmark laser boresight in .40cal. This type looks like a bullet and loads at the breach. I knew from the second that I activated this in my gun that I had a winner.
With the gun on a rest and locked in place with laser on, I gingerly looked down the iron sights. Elevation was close, but windage was off. This time, I loosened the FRONT sight screws and slightly rotated in the direction I thought it should go. After a couple more times, I had it perfect and tightened down the setscrews on the bottom. Next, I loosened the screw on the post and started taking it down in small increments until I had it where I wanted it, and tightened up the post.
I was ready to go to the range again, but this time with what felt like a properly sighted gun. The pictures show three of the targets that I pulled out of the stack shot at 10 yards, 15 yards and lastly 25 yards. All shots were with factory iron sights. Overall, I am very satisfied with the results of the sighting and the functioning of the gun. It was flawless in its operation, a blast to shoot and accurate. I also have the satisfaction of knowing that the gun is set up so that if I do my part, the bullets will go where I am aiming. I have no explanation for the silly grin on my face when I reflect on this experience.
Author Bio: Mike Smith "mawguy" is 63 years old, married and a lifelong Kansan. He has been a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator for 40 years. He loves handguns and has recently been infected by the Hi-Point carbine virus.