Lamar, well, this is Soviet gear. It was made to work, not to be smooth, comfortable or intuitive. I've figured you might need the info not to get frustrated. And some luck to have a pair of working cameras ("working" is the key word here, not "fully operable" )
After shooting for 22 years with "Warsaw Pact" cameras only (that's FSU, Polish and East Germany gear) I have to say I love Ricoh and Pentax, even though it's delicate. And I'm still making errors, like converting a FED 5 rangefinder into a pinhole camera with ~24mm focal length - it's hard to guess that in advance, but the rangefinder cam made some considerable changes to the image.
Please, drop us a line, show us some photos as soon as you have it