If you haven't read Rudyard Kiplings stuff you are really missing some excellent thoughts. The soldiers poet.
Kipling is great, I love, "Gods of the Copybook Heading". It is a great poem and so fitting to this time period.
An Arsenal AK like Tim's is basically milspec except for lacking select fire, a WASR or the like, not so much.
Yup, it is a Bulgarian AK. I don't buy crappy rifles, except one, but that was long time ago.
Timothy, you know my comment was not personal at you, but was just a generality based on my experience.
No, I know it wasn't, I see it all the time. I see soldiers during each introduction to the new instructor telling them that they wanted to do 11Bravo, but decided on this job because it shipped faster/slower/whatever. I actually signed up 11X-Ray and they took it from me due to a broken foot. I don't even bring it up, unless the NCOs ask why I joined and picked 92Whiskey. Otherwise, I feel like I'm trying to one up the others.
What I noticed is that these guys are the first ones to talk about rifles and how this is high speed and that isn't. I've noticed that the 92Foxtrot E-6s talk about weapons a heck of a lot more than the ex-Infantry, ex-13Bravo and ex-EOD do. So I fully got you on that aspect.
I kinda do have to admit it sucks saying, "I signed up 11Bravo and broke my foot, so they sent me to meet Pauly Shore."