I have an SKS but do not own an AK although I have shot several. I think the over all construction of the SKS is far better than any AK I have ever shot. Not that there are not some good ones out there, but for quality vs price I would go for the SKS. As said above it really depends on what you want to do with it. If you want to tac it out then go AK, If you want something that is a blast to shoot and will fire every time go for SKS.