By the way, I'm a recent first-time AK buyer myself, and lucked into a deal from one of the guys here.
Afterwards, I started learning more and am quite certain I'll stop where I am for a while, because I got lucky as hell the first time.
As for the SKS, I've had a couple for a while now. They're nowhere near the MINEFIELD the AK can be. They're harder to load (top-load stripper clips), but generally more accurate.
If you don't want to do the full research and get an AK, either buy one from one of the GOONS here, or get an SKS, or stick with the AR.