Yeah, I do like the sporter form.
When I was buying, I considered the various AK style models out there in the basic price range. I grew up on conventional hunting rifles and shotguns, before the tactical age. The Saiga sporter config felt right to me, still does
Plus factory new, with a good reputation. Sights and trigger and everything are perfect. Dead on, just like the factory target that came with it. Never jams, sights work well, aftermarket scope mount fit perfect to the side, no complaints at all
It's also a good gun for women. Light, low recoil, powerful enough. Relatively inexpensive, but very reliable. I tell women newbies to look at the Saiga, the conventional AK style (telling them it operates and shoots the same), and the AR, when they go shopping at the gunstore.
Only drawback is the Saiga mags are different than standard AK mags. But since I'm in NYS, that isn't a big concern. Only pre-ban mags are legal here, and they are expensive, and with the possibility of getting hassled for them by the wrong cop. With Sporter stock and 10 round mags, the Saiga is a sleeper