First off, the Hogue grip is a great choice. Best grip I've ever felt. It may not look correct, but dang if it doesn't feel correct. Now as to why "I" have an AK: I like firearms, period. I like the simplicity and reliability of them. The ammo "was" reasonably priced. I can build one without any FFL or govt involvement whatsoever. The mags are some of the most reliable of any semi-auto rifle/carbine out there. Plus I just plain old like them. LOL.
You're right though about keeping it low profile. Too many Lihbtards or Libtard trained people do not understand why anyone wants a gun, much less an evil assault weapon like the AK. Stupid folks.