Today I was able to go to a Forest Service outdoor range for my own 100 yard challenge of my bottom dollar rifles. In fairness to the weapons, the AK and SKS may need a bit more tweaking of their sights, and many of you know how hard it is to get those sights spot on. The challenge was 100 yards, iron sights as the rifles come with, after tweaking all the sights at 25 yards and then at 100 yards. All ammo was the worst, cheapest Tula steel that WalMart sells. All shooting was done seated with my support elbow on the bench but no bipods on any of the rifles. I have run a couple hundred rounds through the AK and the SKS; don't know how many were run before. The Hi Point has run roughly 1,000 rounds. They all get a basic clean and lube after each use but I have not broken any of them down for the major cleaning. Sorry that the pictures are all turned 90 degrees but that happened in the upload. And the winner was -- the AK. That actually surprised me, because it was very difficult to get the front sight adjustment correct. But it has a narrow post and minimal recoil, and the one I got has a Tapco G2 trigger which is a huge improvement on stock. The AK cost me $400 used with Tapco and UTG furniture. The SKS came in second. I am having trouble getting the sight adjusted correctly. You can see the tight group to the right and the tight group at the center from slightly different adjustments. If I could superimpose those groups, the SKS would be sensational. The SKS cost me $400 used with both Tapco and original mags and furniture, and a 4x scope. The Hi Point lost. Or did it? Given the 9mm ammo, I would say it actually won. Yes, there was a spread at 100 yards, but there was one near center bull and the spread was only 6 to 8 inches with the original sights and the cheapest ammo available. I was surprised how much recoil the 995 has considering the pistol cartridge. Is the 995TS worthy as a SHTF defensive weapon? I would say within 100 yards a definite yes. That target is a heck of a lot smaller than a human torso, and a lot harder to see at 100 yards. Last fall I ran the Hi Point at 50 yards and had essentially the same accuracy as the SKS at the same distance. Meaning 3 inch groups. Oh yes, the Hi Point cost $250 plus shipping brand new. Next challenge for the AK and the SKS: I have a red dot and the 4x scope and I would like to see how they do with those. I would imagine a good bit better. Next challenge for the Hi Point: I have 124 grain NATO ammo and a few boxes of Hornady Steel Match hollow points, both much higher quality than the Tula. I got great groups at 25 yards off hand with the Hornady and I would like to see how both of these do at 100 yards. I don't see the point of testing the scope or the red dot on the Hi Point. I don't want to remove the original sights and I can't see the optics improving the accuracy as much as better ammo. Next bottom dollar purchase? Maybe a Mosin. A group of young guys ran a couple of Mosins down the way from me. Good Lord were they accurate. One guy was hitting soda cans at 100 yards with the original leaf sights. Better than a lot of people with AR's and scopes. Wish I could see as well as him but he has a lot of years advantage. Bottom dollar bottom line -- anyone who says that the Hi Point carbine is a spray and pray gun has not tried it out.