This is a brief interview with Nicholas “The Reaper” Irving, one of the deadliest Ranger snipers of the war in Afghanistan.

Irving says something I’ve heard from other snipers. He says that he wishes that he killed more of the enemy… but not out of anything like bloodlust. These warriors feel that every enemy that they kill at a distance is one less enemy combatant firing on fellow soldiers at closer ranges. They view themselves as taking enemy lives to save the lives of their fellow soldiers.

We haven’t read them, but Irving has a couple of books out (link goes to that look as if they may be interesting to long-range precision rifle shooters.