Seems strange at my age, but have avoided the "black rifles" as they were a far cry from RUGER#1s and good bolt guns as per style etc.
I'm getting pretty old too at 65. But I carried an M16 in Vietnam (that worked) so I guess it's natural for me to like the AR-15. Took me a long time to buy one though, 40 years!
I bought Marlins and handguns after I got out of the Army.