If these are newbie questions, please forgive me, for I am a newb to the AK. My question stems from an observation i've made during my quest for more information...when people talk about AK47s...they don't seem to be talking about the manufacturer...instead I see people talking about the country of origin... But none of the "gun sites" like buds & CTD differentiate what style of AK47 it is (chinese, russian, etc) but instead categorize them by manufacturer (Arsenal, Century Arms, etc) Also, what kind do you think is best? My gut instinct, as a total beginner who knows nothing about it, would be to go w/ a "Russian AK" since...well...they started it...and i'm of the opinion that nothing good has ever come from China... Is there really much difference across the spectrum? I've always thought of the AK47 as a mud gun...simple design, goes boom...i'm not saying i'm right, just my limited view on the weapon...willing to be educated before I buy my 1st.