I didn't have one as a kid, but I have picked up a couple over the years. It is a classic.
Anyone interested in making boardcuts from solid wood can take a lesson from how massive the lower portion of the forks are. At more than an inch thick, short grain is not a problem. And besides, if you run into trouble, you an use that baby as a club!
They are capable shooters, but the ergonomics don't work for me!