M65 Field Jacket?

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  1. CaliforniaCanuck

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    I always liked this style jacket and I'm thinking about getting one. I understand that they are no longer issued but does anyone have the newer ACU type?

    Thanks,
     
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    I just recently scored .. Finally .. a woodland Large/Long M-65, in new/used condition - with 2 liners .. Although, 'someone' had cut out the hood??

    I 'Might' try dying it with black dye - leaving some of the cammo pattern showing through (if that makes sense?) .. that'd be better suited for what I am wanting.
    With luck, and enough waterproofing spray (and a hood from another jacket) I will hopefully have a good cooler weather jacket, in a style I always liked.
     
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    good job! they are getting scarce... I can still find them at a local surplus store, but the Large/Long is harder to find. Can't find an OD one at all. I've heard you can canvas-wax them pretty effectively, vs silicone spray, but it would be heavier.

    As far as i know, they're not made in "ACU"... that family/style (ACU uniform) is all gortex and fleece.
     
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    I haven't seen the ACU pattern. You might try Barre Army Navy. They usually have a broad selection . My brother picked up an olive drab Austrian Gortex M-65 from Sportsman Guide he is pleased with. Good luck.
     
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    The ACU pattern ones were issued for a few short years before they were fased out by the Gore-tex. I'd try and find an older one as the ACU ones have huge swathes of velcro on the sleeves criss-cross sewn on.
    Try a surplus store nearby an Army base, they always have countless Woodland Camo ones for sale.
     
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    What size?
     
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    M-65's are still all over the place (think it's still the worlds most "popular" cold weather jacket). Check you local Goodwill, Salvation Army, Surplus or fleabay). Sometimes you'll have to source the jacket separate from the liner, or get a new liner, but they are all over, if you know what to look for.

    If you go to the army website and grab the NSN (for jacket and liner), it makes the google-fu/wiki-fu search a little easier.
    The NSN is different for each size/cut, so pay attention to the last 4 digits). Tru-Spec and Proper also make "civilian equivalents" that work if you can't find surplus in acceptable condition.

    I just picked a a mint M65 (OD) this weekend (pretty sure it's never been worn) at the Goodwill for $11.17, and found the liner (NIB) at a Surplus store for $9.99 ..... and I scored a jacket with liner off of fleabay on Sunday (also OD, used) for $7.50

    If your looking for something newer, Google ECWCS jackets .... the Gen 2's are extremely discounted right now that the Gen 3 stuff is on the civilian market.

    I'm not sure of your local situation, but down here at the surplus stores, you have to dig through piles of the ACU & desert stuff to find the old OD and Woodland camo stuff.

    Hope that helps some.
     
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    I didn't even know that one made it to ACU
     
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    M1943, perhaps?

    This is not a low-price suggestion - but you might wanna consider a place in Kentucky called "At the Front". They make repro WW II clothing, including what I think is the precursor to the M65 - the M1943 (maybe M1941?) field jacket. Like the M65, but with button-front, vice zip front. Hood is NOT built into the collar, but comes as an a la carte add-on. I bought one a couple years ago, and I am happy with it. Pricey, but available and very well made.
     
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    well I ended up finding an ACU on ebay in my size last night after posting. new $59 delivered and I got a notice from the the seller that it shipped this morning. :)

    it looks good but I agree about the velcro swatches and I'm going to remove them. I like that it doesnt have the shoulder boards like the older jackets do. the outer fabric is the NYCO 50/50 cotton/nylon fabric which I'm a fan of. its going to be strictly an outdoors hunting/camping jacket.
     
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    If you don't want to go through the trouble of picking stitches (and you may have different colored fabric underneath on used items), you may just want to cannibalize another ACU item (Goodwill, Salvation Army, surplus are your friends here :4:) , or any item, if your not picky about it matching, and just make cover-patches for the area. The camo bandanas & adhesive velcro are also a cheap alternative, if you don't have a sewing skill/resource.

    I repurposed some of my service gear when I separated and found it was easier to cover the areas, than to remove them (or than picking out debris from hiking/camping on the uncovered velcro areas).
     
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    I just sold 3 new bdu ones about a month ago for next to nothing. Wish this had been posted then but I needed the gas money.
     
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    Don't have an M65 but I've got the Dutch field jacket M67 I think? The camo on those is really cool IMHO!
     
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    I have bought tons of stuff from At the Front as I do WW II reenacting. They make good WW II stuff. M-65's are all over but the smaller sizes are the ones you find the most. small and Meduim. I usally get mine at the local flea Market.
     
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    Yeah - I have several (woodland and OD in large/reg and med/reg) but really wanted/needed a large/long and ideally in OD, but woodland will work (especially if I can do some creative dying and waterproofing) .. So, "canvas wax" ?? Will have to look into that ..
    Thnx
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    MtnManJoe,

    By canvas wax, i'm refering to the stuff Frost River, Duluth, and others use to do their packs and canvas coats/work jackets with... it's a proprietary mixture, probably of paraffin, beeswax, boiled linseed oil, and turpentine. they sell a shoe-polish tin full for about $7. there are several threads about making your own. i think this guy has it down about right:

    http://www.woodcentral.com/cgi-bin/readarticle.pl?dir=smalser&file=articles_368.shtml
     
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    They aren't original issue, but I own a couple of pieces of their stuff and it's worked well.

    Woodland


    Black


    OD




    All are your requested size, new, with liner, and price includes shipping.

    I'm not affiliated with any of the above .... just had to spend a while researching these myself last weekend & figured I'd save someone else the pain-in-da-arse
     
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    Many guys on active duty are both young and trim so the smaller sizes are more readily availible. When I was on active duty I modified the jacket by adding inside breast pockets to hold maps and such out of the weather. Another modification is to add buttons to the liners alongside the buttonholes so the liner can be worn as a light jacket. You can also add patch pockets to the liner.

    I recently found a Nomex liner that included the extra buttons and pockets - heavier than the usual liner but very nice. These are around but not easy to find.
     
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    Without the liner, I am not a fan of the M65 Field Jacket. They are not warm at all. If I were going for a good military jacket, I'd go with the Navy Pea Coat because it's so much warmer!!! In the field in the winter, a lot of times I would wear a sweater and or the liner under my BDU blouse. I found it to be much better option as long as it wasn't raining. If it was raining, I would break out a OD green rubberized rain jacket for a 3rd or 4th layer. Though they seemed to always smell pretty bad, like vomit, when you first put them on.
     
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    Thanks for the tip on the Nomex liners. I just found one for $12.58 delivered. Gotta love ebay!
     

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