Originally Posted by Kokanee
save up an extra $100 and you can get a top of the line LCT AK
+1 for this. I don't personally use AK's, but I've held, shot, and been shot by LCT's plenty.
If you would consider an AR based platform, I've got lots of good to say about the King Arms metal M4's. Good internal and externals. Great starter gun. They frequently go for 200$.