Nicholas Irving and Spotter in Afghanistan (Photo: Reddit)
Nicholas Irving a.k.a. The Reaper is a former member of 3rd Ranger Batallion (The 75th Ranger Regiment). Through his career, he raised up to the rank of Sergeant and has become one of the most famous special operations snipers in the modern U.S. Military.
It looks like he was brought to this world to serve, because Irving was born in Fort Meade, Maryland. His parents, both of them, were enlisted soldiers at the time. His first stop was at the Navy recruiting office where he comes with an intention to become a Navy SEAL, but he failed a colorblindness test and instead of Navy SEALS, he joined the United States Army Rangers.
During his active duty service, he was deployed multiple times to Iraq and Afghanistan. He becomes widely know after his military record had 33 confirmed kills in a single deployment. He accomplished that while he was serving as a sniper and machine gunner. His unconfirmed kill total count could easily be into triple digits.
His weapon of choice was an SR-25 rifle, nicknamed Dirty Diana. Fellow Rangers nicknamed Irving “The Reaper” because of his proficiency for killing.
After the leaving the Army, Nicholas Irving pursued an entertainment career. In 2016, Irving was one of four military leaders to serve as coaches on the reality show American Grit with John Cena. He also served as an on-set advisor for Doug Liman’s 2017 sniper film The Wall.
In 2015, he wrote and published with Gary Brozek The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers, a New York Times bestseller about his military career during the War on Terror. According to some sources, the movie and miniseries are in preproduction. Both, the movie and miniseries will feature Irving’s time as a sniper in 3rd Ranger Battalion.
After he retired from the military, Irving has been haunted by nightmares from the day of his first kill. Since then, his life has been a roller coaster of alcoholism, PTSD, and suicidal thoughts, including one failed attempt. Irving says there is light at the end of the tunnel now; in November of 2016, his wife gave birth to the couple’s first child and he has been clean and sober since.