My first AK was a Norinco Hunter. I eventually sold it to another board member because I wanted a traditional military-looking AK. However with the usual 20/20 hindsight I wish I had kept it because it was interesting in and of itself and quite unusual. Oddly enough, I got mine instead of an SKS because it had the same long barrel length and general stock shape, yet took 30-round detachable mags. It was another 6 years before I got the first SKS.
The trigger is quite unusual because it extends back in order to fit the sporter stock. So when you pull it - it also moves upward as well. It was very easy to bumpfire.
The rear sight was a flip-over set for a couple of distances. It fits standard AK mags, though they just came with a 5-rounder.
8 of us got these at a single time (1992-3?), though most have been re-distributed somewhere else - often to other friends and co-workers. Price was under $200. One owner liked his a lot but couldn't get another so he bought an early Siaga - which has a more similar sporting architecture. Of the two, he much prefers the Norinco Hunter.
IMO I would get a Norinco Hunter and leave it in stock form because it is a bit of a rare and interesting Valmet-like AK in it's own right - and certainly apart from the crowd. And it is the only AK reminiscent of an SKS - with its 20.5" barrel and wood stock of a traditional style.