M-51/M-65 liner question

Discussion in 'Cloth' started by Peter Graham, Oct 17, 2017.

  1. Peter Graham

    Peter Graham Well-Known Member

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    I’m thinking of buying an M-51 field jacket and I’m wondering if my M-65 liner will work with it. Obviously it will fit in but does the M-51 have the same number of buttons as the 65 and will they line up ? Alternatively, does anyone have a small sized M-51 liner lying about that they don’t use ? Cheers folks.
     
  2. EmergencyIan

    EmergencyIan Active Member

    I've been in the same situation, recently. I purchased a NOS 1952 M-1951 field jacket last spring, size small. Since I've been searching for an M-1951 liner for it in the same size. Fortunately, I've recently been able to M-51 liners for it, with one being near mint. I also have a 1971 M-1965 field jacket and two 1970's M-65 liners.

    Anyhow, this morning I tested the 1975 M-65 liner in the NOS M-1951 jacket and it does work! I hadn't tried before because I'd been told that it didn't work...that the M-65 liner wouldn't fit an M-51 field jacket. Anyhow, I wanted an M-51 liner for the jacket. The only issue, and it's minor or a non-issue, is that the M-51 jacket has two "extra" buttons, on each side, one in the collar area and one at the waist, where the M-65 liner has no buttons holes. Otherwise, the small size liner fits the small size jacket just fine all the way down to the two button in cuff tabs on each sleeve. Again, I used a 1975 dated M-65 liner. I don't think they changed over the years, after 1975, but I really have no idea.

    So, the with the M-65 liner being superior to the M-51 liner as far as warmth and durability go, that's probably your best bet. On top of that, they're availability is far and above that of the M-51 liner, especially in size small. However, if you really want an M-51 liner, I have two extra here in size small. You can have one of those. Both are in solid condition, but one is a bit less used than the other. Both are hole, tear and repair free. The one that is in better condition has a 1952 date. I'd just ask you to pay shipping. God knows how much that would be. I could give you box dimensions and I figure the total weight of the package would be 2 to 2.5 lbs. I'm in NYC.

    - Ian
     
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  3. Peter Graham

    Peter Graham Well-Known Member

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    Ian, thanks for your kind offer. You're a gentleman. I'll take you up on that but hang fire. I have to find a jacket first. Small M-51's are hard to come by in the UK and there was a nice one I was watching on ebay but the zipper was not visible and the seller ignored my question about the condition of the zipper so I let it go. I'll let you know when I find one. Thanks again.
     
  4. EmergencyIan

    EmergencyIan Active Member

    ^ You’re quite welcome and sure thing, Peter! Just let me know.

    - Ian
     

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