Nicholas Irvin, a former member of the 3rd Ranger Battalion (75th Ranger Regiment), Irving, from Fort Meade, Maryland, is one of the deadliest Army Rangers ever .
He have became a legendary sniper in the history of US military after he killed 33 people in four months of his deployment in Afghanistan.
He is now known to all as ‘ The Reaper’, and even if his official targets is 33 , it is believed that his unconfirmed targets have indeed stretched triple figures.
As per the information his favorite weapon of choice was an Mk 11 rifle which he nicknamed as Dirty Dianna.
Irvin shares his experience and his memory of a 10- hour firefight that ended in a withdraw in Afghanistan’s Helmand province on the year 2009, 10 July.
He said: “I became comfortable with death at that point. If I died, it didn’t matter. You just accept death at that point.
“We debated it, like pulling a grenade and jumping on it and blowing up. You just have to accept it at that point. It was not an option for us to be captured or anything.
“I’d rather kill my guys and kill myself before we get captured.”
Irving served the army till March 2010 and before calling for a quit he went for three tours and one trip to Afghanistan.
It was after the Special Operational Command he is said to have killed 33 insurgents as a direct-action sniper over the course of 100 days, his claims has not been verified though.
Irvin has opened up clearly about his struggles which came as a toll on him after his military record, he suffered from PTSD and alcoholism
Irving said: “Hellraiser. I loved combat. I loved deploying. I had a hot temper.
“I was still young – about 24, 25 – and I was going into contracting. My last deployment as a contractor was 2012.
“I was just used to that rush, like, if someone talks shit to you, beat this guy’s ass. So it took me a while to get out of that mindset. Then calming down on drinking. I wasn’t living off of Uncle Sam’s budget. I had to find a job and stuff like that, and I still wanted to maintain a habit of alcohol.
“I learned really quick how fast you can blow through a deployment savings on alcohol. It wasn’t a smooth transition.
He further added: “It was a couple of years of losing a lot of stuff and almost being a homeless vet.”
His life took a big turn after the publication of 2014 memoir The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers, he became a best-selling author.