+ 1000 on this^^^^A few years ago you could get an SKS for $75, now at $300 they are not quite as good of a deal. Go a head and get an AK for $500 and be happy. If I had only an SKS, I would be just fine with that, good gun. If you can find a SKS for cheap, buy it, if not get an AK.
I don't care who ya are...that's funny right there..:As you can read from the above post....... most with wits about them go with the SKS and I agree.
The AK is OK if you are missing your front teeth, going bald, have a beer belly and married your sister in a secret shotgun wedding while the father of the bride is the preacher. BTW, they paid for the wedding with food stamps.
Please do not fall into this stigma, show some class and brush the lower class aside.
Do not go on your honeymoon to some back wooded single wide trailer location that does not register on any GPS location and sports a toilet paper hanger as the main feature.
SKS is the only respectable thing to own, any other 7.62x39 platform is welfare wrapped in western culture with the warm glow of Kmart lights.