21 January 2011

M-Sixty Fivers'.

The classic M-65 combat jacket, the ultimate tactical jacket, everyone has owned one of these, many have had a bash at them too, from old school military ones for their intended use to high end designers have produced this style of coat. The field jacket was first introduced into United States military service in 1965 replacing the M-1951 field jacket - an improvement on the M-1943 field jacket of WW2 origin. The M-1965 is a design classic, so successful it's still being used today, with it's built in concealable hood also had velcro fasteners on the cuff, epaulettes and it's trademark sagging chest pockets, a jacket was widely used by US Forces during the Vietnam War notably in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam, as well as keeping a soldier warm from the cool weather conditions that came after monsoonal rains.
This jacket was most commonly seen in the usual military khaki or olive, but has come in an array of styles, colours and fabrics over the years, from cotton, corduroy and wool to more boundary pushing fabrics and technology such as Thermojoint and Ventile as it become incorporated into more top end designer labels such as Massimo Osti's Left Hand, Stone Island and even Nike.
Perfect for drifters, rogues, convicts and undesirables, in cinema it's evident as the choice of the anti-hero, the likeable psychopath,the oddball next door - the misunderstood, from Travis Bickle to The Terminator, the M-65 is what you chuck on before going out to seek retribution, cause a stink, intimidate wrong 'uns and whack the wrong Mrs Connor.

You can even wear them to bed, but only with one eye open.

Worn with a huge badge and a smile arouses suspicion.

I've got a gun in my sleeve and I'm not pleased to see you.
Taxi Driver (1976)

Wearing one with a beard instantly scares people away. Dead Man's Shoes (2004)

Wearing one with Elvis' glasses still looks good.

Wearing one will get you the girls. True Romance (1993)

Wearing one can get you nicked. First Blood (1982)

Wearing one that's all tarted up 1984 style can still make you look hard as nails. The Terminator (1984)

Adding a cigarette or sniffing glue works equally well. Made in Britain (1982)

And of course being an honest cop. Serpico (1973)

Or on one of the best badasses in cinema history, he looks like a psychotic schoolteacher, he likes cocaine and killing cops, Clarence Boddicker in Robocop (1987)

In black, it's the ideal go-to jacket for mysterious mafia hitmen who follow an ancient Samurai code. Ghost Dog : The Way of the Samurai (1999) .

The ideal jacket for mountain combat and freedom fighters who took on the the Taliban and the Soviets, like the 'Lion of Panjashir', Ahmad Shah Massoud.

Suitable for Freaks, and suitable for Geeks...

Above, Juice (1992) Mr Miyagi wore one too, enough said.


  1. M65's are top,got a couple ot scruffy old Alpha's I wear when grafting and had many other jackets whose lineage is obvious. Buzz Rickson and other Japanese brands do some great ones but with a bit of searching and a lot less coin you'll get a 60s/70s US army one,Bickle stylee.