I First heard of the AK-74 in high school in 1983? from "Soldier Of Fortune" and that SOF had snagged several from the "Mujahideen" that were giving the Soviets fits in Afganistan. I thought it was poetic justice in a way, the Soviets had supported the North Vietnamese and the Vietcong against the South Vietnamese with advisors and massive supplies and munitions and our idiotic rules of engagement prohibited us bombing or sinking the ships as they were stacked in Haipong Harbor off loading munitions to support the north. Now the Soviets were mired in Afghanistan being bled with no discernable results. I now recall that musing with a certain irony because we spent 20 years there being bled the same and the Soviets did a better job withdrawing out of that country in 1989 than we did in 2021. How the wheel turns...but I digress.