Hello everyone.First of all, I'd like to apologize.I'm sure this question has been asked a million different times, by a thousand different "Newbies", on a hundred different threads.But,some of those threads are months/years old, and I'd like to get everyone's "fresh" opinion.I'm thinking about buying my 1st Semi-Auto, 7.62x39, AK-style rifle. I've been looking all over the internet because none of my local gun shops have any in stock.Websites like: Atlantic Firearms, Impact Guns, Gun Broker, etc...They all sell AK-style rifles in prices ranging from $500 to $5,000(!). They're all from manufacturers I've never heard of before. Companies like Remington, Winchester, S&W, Colt, Etc. don't make AK-style rifles...My question is, how do I know what's garbage, what's junk, what's a rip-off, what's a quality brand, what's a great deal, etc??????With such a huge price spread, it's hard to decide which to buy. Is a $1,000 AK a good deal? Is a $1,500 AK a rip-off? Is a $900 AK garbage?And, which brands make great AK's? Which should I stay away from?Please everyone, only give opinions and/or recommendations on AK's you've personally owned for a while and shot 1,000's of rounds through.(((Telling me about your neighbors AK that he just bought and only shot once doesn't prove anything about it's reliability.)))Thanks to everyone who take the time to read and reply. I'm sure you're saving me from tons of headaches and wasted money.