Hi, Im starting to research getting an AK-47, and when I mean starting. I mean really just starting. I know there are many different companies that produce AK-47's, I know there are a number of variants as well. So, hopefully the good folks here at THR can help me in the learning process. I dont plan on buying anything for a couple months, unless I see a great deal etc. I would like to glean some knowledge prior to the gun show that is coming to town in a couple weeks. (In case there is a good deal) So a couple questions: 1. What manufacturer should I select? - Looking for quality, reliability and accuracy. Im looking for a weapon I can keep forever, if well taken care of. 2. What variant should I look to get? 3. What accessories are deemed almost mandatory or cant live without? 4. Ammo how much will this thing cost to shoot? is it worth starting to reload just for this round? 5. I also plan on getting an AR-15 one day, which should I get first and why? 6. Wood stocks or plastic metal? Which is the most traditional? Any other info that may be helpful would be extremely appreciated.