Now, I know that many around the US gun market will automatically say "AK!!!" Because it has a higher capacity ability right out of the box... BUT... I'm sitting down thinking of how to maximize my cash and match my needs for a new semi-auto rifle. I'm considering both designs and honestly I'm leaning towards the SKS, but I decided to get some outside imput on this. I've seen some stuff good and bad, and I have experienced the AK-47 for years. But, there are some points about the SKS that actually appeal to me. From what I've learned: The AK-47 -Cheap ones go for about $350 to $450 (The Romanian designed). Some comments on the lack of build quality but the cheapest of the AK's -High magazine capacity out of the box -Detachable Mags -Accessories out the rear! -Durable rep, but shorter barrel and not the most accurate assualt rifles. (from personal experience) The SKS -Cheap ones go for about $149 to $189 (Yugoslavian designed). Lots of shooters love the build quality of these and are quoted as some of the best for the money -10 round stripper clip fixed mags, but don't take well to detachable mags. They have reliable 20 round fixed mags that have been rated well, but still have to be fed in. -Longer barrel and are touted to be alot more accurate and easier to fire for the shooter. -LOTS of accessories for these as well (As well as a handsome Bullpup stock). -Said to be VERY durable, and the most rifle-like. Now, the reason why I'm torn is because I'm not as good a shot as I used to be, and my health isn't the greatest. Any rifle that makes shooting easier on my body and helps in accuracy is more importiant than how many bullets I can throw downrange. 30 rounds don't mean jack when I can only land 10 of them. If I can improve that ratio with the SKS, then it's the better gun. Also, price is a HUGE factor. Both use the 7.62x39 so that's not an issue, but I can buy into the SKS for less than half of what the AK will cost. Also, the SKS fits my body better (Small frame with long, skinny arms). Even as a teenager I had a problem with the AK being a bit cramped. When I shouldered the SKS, it felt more like a proper fit. I know there are other aftermarket stocks for this, but if you don't like the gun in the stock configuration, you might be spending alot more money just to find that perfect fit. And, capacity isn't as much an issue for me personally. A 20 round fixed mag, while a pain in the rear to load, is said to be reliable and if the gun does have a better accuracy rate then I'm maximizing my ammo. From my experience the AK's are durable but it won't win any range tests. So, let the opinions begin!