Seems to me you've got things pretty much figured out on your own. My Bulgarian SLR-95 doesn't have any extras on it (yet). It's my CQC/brush-cutter so-to-speak. My Bushy M4 gets all the optics/add-ons attention. Since you're concerned about saving a buck like me or the next guy, I'll tell you that I've had a BSA 42 red dot mounted on the AR for quite some time and it's sturdy and reliable. Mine has the dial, but they make a push-button for the dot intensity setting also. Might be worth a look for you. I like to pick up a copy of Shotgun News now and then just to gawk at all the new hardware coming out, and trying to find good deals. Can't remember buying anything from Tapco, but I've seen some of their advertised stuff. Good luck with your new AK and getting it just right for you!