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Nicholas Irving[1] is a former special operations sniper in the 3rd Ranger Battalion for the U.S. military.[2] He is now working as a reality TV personality.

Nicholas Irving
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Sgt. Irving takes aim at the annual U.S. Army International Sniper Competition in 2009
Born (1987-11-28) November 28, 1987 (age 31)
Fort Meade, Maryland
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service2004–10
RankArmy-USA-OR-05.svg Sergeant
Unit3rd Ranger Battalion
Battles/warsIraq War, War in Afghanistan


Early lifeEdit

Irving was born in Fort Meade, Maryland on the US Army post Fort George G. Meade growing up the son of two enlisted soldiers.[3] He wasn't a great student — the only A he ever got was in junior ROTC — and his discipline needed some work.[3]


Irving is the author of several books and novels. 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[4] about his military career during the War on Terrorism.[5][6] On February 2, 2015, The Weinstein Company acquired the television rights to make a miniseries out of the autobiography.[7] On March 5, 2015, NBC picked up the miniseries from Weinstein.[8] In late 2017 Irving revealed in a podcast that the miniseries has been scrapped, but a movie based on the book was in preproduction.[9]


  • Basic & Intermediate Combat Survival (2011)[10] ISBN 1461032954
  • Team Reaper: 3rd Ranger Battalion's Deadliest Sniper Team (2012)[11] ISBN 9781470022839
  • The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers (2015, with Gary Brozek)[5][6] ISBN 9781250080608
  • Way of the Reaper: My Greatest Untold Missions and the Art of Being a Sniper (2016, with Gary Brozek)[12] ISBN 9781250088352



Irving joined the U.S. military. Failing a colorblindness test ended the young man's hopes for joining the SEALs, but Irving took to life as a Ranger. Before serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, he left his wife at Fort Benning. Irving took an SR-25 rifle with him, calling it Dirty Diana.[3][15] Fellow Rangers nicknamed Irving "The Reaper" because of his proficiency for killing.[2]

After serving his country, he decided to work in television. Irving first served as legal and business affairs associate in 911: The Bronx (TV series documentary 2008), The IT Crowd (2008–10), and Never Mind the Buzzcocks (2008–11). Irving served as production lawyer on PhoneShop (2009–10). He next served as legal and business affairs associate on The Rob Brydon Show (2010), QI Genesis (TV Movie documentary 2011), and QI (2009–13).

In 2016, Irving was one of four military leaders to serve as coaches on the reality show American Grit with John Cena.[16][17][18]

Starting in 2017, Irving appeared in videos for the popular YouTube channel "Demolition Ranch" and "Off the Ranch" with Matt Carriker.[19]

He also served as an on-set advisor for Doug Liman's 2017 sniper film The Wall.

Personal lifeEdit

Sgt. Irving married Jessica Irving in 2007.[2][3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Connelly, Sherryl (January 24, 2015). "NY Daily News: 'The Reaper' is gripping autobiography of sniper who killed record 33 Taliban in Afghanistan deployment". Daily News. New York. Retrieved April 27, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Christenson, Sig (February 22, 2015). "'The Reaper' paid a price for his battlefield kills". San Antonio Express-News. Hearst Corporation. Retrieved April 27, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Smith, Kyle (January 18, 2015). "How an Army Rangers sniper became 'The Reaper'". New York Post. News Corp. Retrieved April 27, 2016.
  4. ^ "Hardcover Nonfiction Books - Best Sellers - February 15, 2015 - The New York Times". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-04-04.
  5. ^ a b Irving, Nicholas; Brozek, Gary (2015). The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers. New York City: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-1250045447.
  6. ^ a b "The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved April 27, 2016.
  7. ^ Lesnick, Silas (February 2, 2015). "The Weinstein Company Plans Five-Part Sniper Miniseries The Reaper". Coming Soon. Retrieved April 27, 2016.
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 5, 2015). "NBC Picks Up Sniper Miniseries 'The Reaper' From Weinstein Co". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved April 27, 2016.
  9. ^ SOFREP Radio podcast, episode 296, his statement at 36:50-37:30
  10. ^ "Nicholas Irving". Goodreads. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  11. ^ Team Reaper: 33 Kills...4 months. Seattle, Washington: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2012. ISBN 978-1470022839.
  12. ^ Irving, Nicholas. "The Way of the Reaper". Macmillan Publishers. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  13. ^ Irving, Nicholas. "Reaper: Ghost Target". Macmillan Publishers. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  14. ^ Irving, Nicholas. "Reaper: Threat Zero". Macmillan Publishers. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  15. ^ Bucktin, Christopher (January 18, 2015). "The Reaper: US sniper Nick Irving killed 33 enemies in under four months with gun called 'Dirty Diana'". Retrieved April 27, 2016.
  16. ^ Friedlander, Whitney (November 18, 2015). "John Cena to Host Military-Inspired Competition Show on Fox". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved April 27, 2016.
  17. ^ "AMERICAN GRIT STARRING JOHN CENA TO AIR IN 2016". Fox. November 18, 2015. Retrieved April 27, 2016.
  18. ^ Paul, Tyson (November 19, 2015). "JOHN CENA TO HOST "AMERICAN GRIT" TV SHOW". Kaboom Magazine. Retrieved April 27, 2016.
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