It was cool when Steve McQueen carried one, and it's still cool.
Just the thing for twirling and aiming at the bad guys, while watching the three season dvd collection of Wanted, Dead or Alive.
And it wasn't all that long ago, merely 50 years or so.
Walt Kelly, alias Pogo, sez:
“Don't take life so serious, son, it ain't nohow permanent.”