The MARINE Shop's swagger sticks are hand-made with mahogany wood. The top is created from .50 cal casing and the tip of swagger is a .30 cal round. While they are not a regulation uniform piece, they make a handsome keepsake or gift for promotions and retirements.
Swagger sticks were once in vogue in the United States Marine Corps, starting as an informal accessory carried by officers in the late 19th century. In 1915, it gained official approval as recruiters were encouraged to carry them to improve public image. This tradition grew when Marines deployed for World War I encountered European officers carrying swagger sticks, leading to an entry in the uniform regulations in 1922 authorizing enlisted Marines to carry them as well. The usage died down in the 1930s and 40s, excepting China Marines, and came back into vogue with a 1952 regulation encouraging them, reaching a peak from 1956 to 1960 when on 04 January 1960, the Commandant, General David M. Shoup, commented on their use in regards to Uniforms and Equipment.
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