I've recently joined here and I've been reading a whole ton of threads already up on the site. I guess I'll start with what my intended uses are. Primarily I really wanted a gun to shoot at the local range, and to have the gun double as home protection (only if it really ever came to that, I live in pretty nice suburbs). I've looked into AKs and I know I don't want a WASR. My budget is around 4-5 hundred, but I will push it to 600 if it is really worth it for the gun. I don't think I have a particular preference in regards to 5.45 or 7.62, but I think I'm probably going to end up with 5.45. I really like the Yugos I've looked at and I really want to find one with a chrome lined barrel. Here's a few I've considered buying... anyone with experience with these I would greatly appreciate the feedback/help! M72 RPK Sporter 7.62x39 Rifle AKM74 M74 Sporter Rifle, 5.45x39 Caliber w/ Side Rail. By CAI. Tantal Sporter Rifle Cal. 5.45x39mm Century Arms AK 47 Assault Rifle Sale Bulgarian AK-74 Rifle - 5.45x39 - With 3 Mags #AKAGUN74 Also, are recoil buffers a good idea to put on? Thanks!