There was a time in the Marine Corps when all officers and staff NCO's were required to carry swagger sticks. I remember my father having three. One was a standard USMC swagger stick, black with brass end pieces and a Marine Corps emblem. The other two were from Okinawa and made out of 7.62 cartridges and .50 brass with decoratd wood. I still have the one he gave me, dated 1964. Thats M-14 rifle in the Corps time for sure!