REAPER 33: Sniper Chris Kyle has competition….special ops sniper Nicholas Irving, whose book, “The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers,” is making waves. Irving, who is black, claims to have killed 33 Taliban fighters during one deployment. I guess Bill Maher will also brand Irving a “psychopath patriot.” You will recall Ron Paul also weighed in on Chris Kyle’s death as “he who lives by the sword, dies by the sword.”
Here’s more from the NY Daily News on Nicholas Irving:
Irving’s graphic report of point-blank kills, co-written with Gary Brozek, will be too much to take for some.
When Irving was deployed to Afghanistan’s Helmand Province as Sniper Squad Team Leader in 2009, the first African-American sniper with the Third Ranger Battalion, he didn’t expect to see much action. Though the area was a safe haven for enemy fighters and the hub of the heroin pipeline that funded the Taliban’s war, the Second Battalion reported their tour of duty there to be so quiet they advised incoming guys to bring their Xbox.
Yet barely hours after arrival, Irving was in gear covering Charlie Company First Platoon as they hunted down a High Value Target (HVT), a supplier of bulletproof vests to the Taliban. At an insertion point near Kandahar, Irving cradled “Dirty Diana,” his SR-25, a gun he loved so much he repainted its pattern every two weeks.
In less than 30 seconds of engagement, he shot two Taliban. Back at base, he had only eight hours to recuperate before he was sent into an enemy compound where he brought down a suicide bomber just as he was reaching to detonate his vest.
The Reaper 33 may be on to something, since “American Sniper” is trouncing competition at the box office, with a total haul of $200.14 million.