St. Charles, Missouri-based Propper Interational and JTF Awesome team member has decided to reintroduce the M-65 Field Coat. As you likely know already, Propper’s been around a long time. A few of our minions remember this coat as an issued item. We’re waxing nostalgic (yes, youngsters, some of us are pre-Gore Tex).
Here’s what Propper has to say about it:
Propper knows a thing or two about making tough, dependable gear for the U.S. Military. Now Propper has reintroduced one of the most iconic pieces of U.S. Military outerwear – the M-65 Field Coat.
The M-65 was adopted by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps in 1965 as a major upgrade to the coat issued at the time. It incorporated several new design features that made it a success: the 50/50 NYCO Sateen fabric provided superior weather protection, the integrated and storable hood was revolutionary at the time, and the removable quilted liner helped to make it a versatile piece for all climates.
Propper’s M-65 is available in the classic olive as well as black and woodland camo. It’s attractively priced at $89.99 MSRP and can be found at authorized Propper retailers.
Learn more about the M-65 at Propper.com.
• 50% nylon / 50% cotton sateen
• Built from military specification
• DWR (durable water repellent) finish repels stains and liquids
• Button-in removable liner provides insulation
• Packable hood stows in collar
• Shoulder epaulets
• Four-pocket front with snap closure
• Zippered front with storm flap
• Adjustable drawstring waist and hem
• Bi-swing shoulders for enhanced movement
• Hook and loop adjustable cuffs
The M-65 was such a success that it became part of America’s popular culture. It’s been on TV and movies for years, including being worn by Robert Di Nero in “Taxi Driver”, Al Pacino in “Serpico”, and Sylvester Stallone in “First Blood”.
Lots of big names in the Vietnam era music industry wore it too.
Please do not hold the M-65 accountable for this fucking idiot wearing one. The coat had no choice in the matter.
We can’t be the only ones who look at the picture below and wistfully sigh.
At least a part of Propper’s ethos is described as believing life is about “…taking action, making the right moves, and never letting anything get in the way.” It was founded by William T. Propper during Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency (the same year Ronald Reagan became the governor of California — 1967). They manufacture all their gear at facilities in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Propper uses a 200,000 square foot distribution center in Dickson, TN (which is about 50 times the size of Nancy’s Squat’n’Gobble) to sort and ship everything. You can learn more about Propper by clicking right here. Propper is also on Facebook and Twitter.
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