The Murdoc Jacket is a very nice looking jacket from 5.11 Tactical. The design hearkens back to the Tanker Jacket. You probably saw the movie Fury with the actor Brad Pitt wearing a movie-made version of the WW2 jackets that were issued to crews of armored vehicles. The jackets were originally made out of cotton, and then they issued soldiers a wool version for winter.

The Winter Combat Uniform was developed in 1941 from by the U. S. Army Quartermaster.  Who knew it would be destined to be one of the most popular articles of clothing from that war? U.S. Army generals, Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley wore them. The Army used, “olive drab #3 cotton twill and lined with brown kersey wool.” Every troop in Europe wanted them because Europe was wet and cold. The jacket was popular with everyone: infantrymen, artillerymen and paratroopers. Who didn’t want a smart-looking jacket that outperformed the M41 Field Jacket in reducing chill and moisture? Robert Di Niro’s appearance in the movie “Taxi Driver” gave it post-war Hollywood film fame. This jacket has been copied numerous times since its original issue to the U. S. Army in 1941.

Clean lines. Great looking color. Stylish yet comfortable.

Thanks to our friend Kristen at 5.11 for taking care of us. I asked her for the jacket in the color Turbulence. 5.11 also offers it in the color Ranger Green but I wanted something more low-vis. I wanted a jacket for concealed-carry use; it was important to me to get something that wasn’t so form fitting that I looked like a gray sausage. I asked 5.11 for a size up and was happy that I did. I put on the jacket, after it arrived at my house. It was a bit roomy but not overly droopy. I threw it into the wash on a hot wash cycle, and used the dryer to give it a nice blast. When it was dry I put it on; it fit me sweetly. I knew I would be able to wear appendix carry and have room for my arms to move normally; nothing worse than material bunching up under your armpits. So, do note that the jacket is 100% cotton twill and will shrink unless you do cold wash, and hang dry.

Jacket unzipped. It hangs nicely. Make sure yours isn’t too tight or too baggy.

The jacket has some nice features. There is a 100% cotton 1×1 rib knit used to make the waistband of the jacket, and this breaks up the nearly sterile look of the garment, to give it some stylish punch. The jacket also has ribbed sleeves and a ribbed collar.

The smartest looking part of the jacket I think is the lining. The inner part of the jacket uses 80% polyester and 20% cotton material to make the tropical printed poplin. There us an inner left chest pocket with a hook/loop closure​.

The breast of the jacket has left/right hook and loop closures.​ The one-way center front zipper allow you to close the jacket. There are welt hand pockets with zipper closures. The jacket is priced at $89.99. I like the price of the jacket and I like the style too. Although it is a stylish jacket, they made it functional by adding pockets in the right places. The jacket looks durable, moves well with the body, and can be paired with any jeans and t-shirt brand.

I’ve worn it for nearly 3 weeks now; I’ve worn it at night when the temperature dropped, and I’ve worn it outside when we got our first winter snow. I recommend pairing the jacket with a good-looking sweater and you’ll look proper at any local watering hole. It’s a great jacket for any occasion; post-gym, nightclub, riding the cycle, and out on a date. It is made out of cotton twill; it’s soft but it’s not going to be as durable as synthetic materials. That being stated, it’s a good addition to any man’s closet.

It is comfortable, stylish, and practical. Classic styling, timeless looking.

  • Cost 4/5
  • Comfort 4/5
  • Durability 3/5
  • Functionality 4/5
  • Weight 5/5
  • Overall Rating 20/25

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Member of Crew of M-3 Tank #309490, D Co., 2nd Bn., 12th Armored Reg., 1st Armored Div. at Souk el Arba, Tunisia, North Africa. Photo taken 23 Nov 1942. Wearing Jacket, Combat, Winter.






By Michael Kurcina

Mike credits his early military training as the one thing that kept him disciplined through the many years. He currently provides his expertise as an adviser for an agency within the DoD. Michael Kurcina subscribes to the Spotter Up way of life. “I will either find a way or I will make one”.

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