I'd want an optic because my eyes don't work as well with irons. I think I'd get a EO Tech or one of the big 34mm Aimpoints. Side-rail? Dust-cover rail? Fore-end top rail? I suspect the side-rail that holds the optic over the dust-cover is the way to go, but will take advice on that. What about the hinged dust covers? Do they hold zero? I like AK furniture rather than AR fore-ends and buffer tube stocks on an AK. I think I'd prefer a side-folder over a fixed stock, but it might depend on the LoP. I don't want a brace or a pistol or SBR. So here's an AKM style rifle. PSA calls it "GF5" From what I can see, it's got a traditional AKM style gas block, a slant muzzle device, and the bolt is AKM style with the internal extractor. This one has an angular AKT-EL trigger. If there's any other distinctions, I don't know. Here's a "103" style It looks like it has a gas block and muzzle device modeled after the (Russian) 100 series. I understand the PSA version has an AKM-style bolt rather than the bolt with the external extractor like the Russian 100-series. It has a curved single-stage trigger. Otherwise, these both have FN CHF barrels and forged bolts, carriers, trunnions, and stamped receivers. I'm supposing the biggest practical difference might just be the muzzle device. I generally hate brakes for their noise, but a 7.62x39 AK might be one of the most sensible places to use one. So what haven't I thought of, and what don't I know?