The shooting at club Pulse in Orlando is an absolute tragedy. No one would ever want to be placed in a situation of that nature. I’ve seen one too many posts, articles, videos, etc., regarding the shooting that range from outrageous conspiracy theories to “I would have done this if I were in that situation.” I’ll address the obvious first. Is there a problem with extremist … [Read more...] about Former Army Ranger Sniper Examines the Gun Ballistics of the Orlando Terrorist Attack
Nick Irving Articles
"Nick Irving has a story to tell that every American should hear. This captivating journey is about much more than just getting your hands dirty for Uncle Sam... It's about what it means to be an American in this necessary battle against fundamental terrorism." —Mike Ritland TRIDENT K9 WARRIORS "I am amazed by the parallels between Nick’s life and my own. I am also deeply … [Read more...] about The Reaper, Available Now
I've been asked to give my thoughts on the highly publicized recent "events" in the media because of the pigmentation of my skin. Yes, I am "African American," but I'd like to simply be referred to as an American. My ethnic background also includes white, black, and Native American. Now that that's out of the way, here is where I stand: - 15 million children die each year … [Read more...] about Race Issues In America: A Ranger’s Perspective
There is a BIG misconception that a Ranger is a Ranger. "I have a Ranger Tab, I'm a Ranger!" Negative! You are Ranger-qualified. Not saying that those who graduate Ranger School shouldn't be proud of their accomplishment, it's a tough school. That being said, it is just a school. Ranger School is a 62-day leadership school broken up into three phases: Darby, Mountain, and … [Read more...] about Ranger School, Ranger Battalion, and Female Rangers…The Facts
I want to personally thank Nick Irving for writing this piece for SOFREP; it's an important topic and his perspective is extremely valuable. In the Special Ops community racism and bias surely still exists but with far less frequency then what is still found in American society. One of the biggest gifts of being in a military unit is that it's a mash of cultures, … [Read more...] about The Race Card in US Special Operations: Former 75th Ranger Nick Irving Weighs In
Last year I had my own encounter with a pedophile ice cream truck driver, something I would have never expected. While watching television, I noticed that the sound of the ice cream truck lingered a little too long (45-60 minutes) in my neighborhood, and after looking out of the window noticing the driver was on his phone, I went out to see what the issue was. My intention … [Read more...] about Special Operations Soldier Fights To Stop Child Pornography
Here's the follow-up video to my post, Former Special Operations Sniper Cross Trains With Olympic Shooter Amanda Furrer. In that post, I recounted the experience that Amanda and I had shooting at distance: "We set out a target 1,100 yards (1005.84 meters, 0.625 miles). A shot at this distance is definitely something to be proud of. To put it into perspective, it would take … [Read more...] about Sniper Video: Amanda Furrer and Nick Irving at 1,100 Yards
"I didn't know what to expect going into my weekend with Nick and the rest of the guys. My sport is different from the type of shooting he does and I wasn't sure how my skills would translate into his world." "It was funny, because Nick and the others seemed impressed by what I've done, but I felt like he was the one that accomplished so much. In my eyes, what he has done … [Read more...] about Exclusive: Former Special Operations Sniper Cross Trains With Olympic Shooter Amanda Furrer
It's not often you hear military special operations snipers and Olympic shooters in the same sentence, well, that was at least until now. I recently got in contact with Amanda Furrer (Olympic Rifle Shooter) through a friend of mine and former Marine. Amanda is not just an Olympic Rifle Shooter, she also won a bronze medal at the 2007 Pan American Games and competed at … [Read more...] about Bridging The Gap…Olympic Shooter Cross Trains With Former Special Operations Sniper
I was recently contacted by one of the SOFREP Team Room members via e-mail, informing me that he was located in Kingsland, Texas and wanted to know if I would be able to help them out with a little shooting instruction for a short class. The e-mail also stated that they would like a basic instruction in combative pistols and accuracy, carbine accuracy with a splash of combative … [Read more...] about Shooting With the SOFREP Mafia!
With all of the hype and fear going around within the general public and media in regards to IEDs, I thought that I would shed a little light about this improvised weapon. In no way, shape, or form am I an expert in the field of IEDs, but I do hold a few certificates in demolition, one being "Master Demolition" (a Special Operations Demolition Course), and have had my share of … [Read more...] about The Fear of IEDs in America!
With all the hype in regards to North Korea, it's only necessary to have a discussion about how our special operations forces (SOF) would perform in the region if things actually did go south. While my background is specifically within the Army Special Operations Command, I can shed some light as to how our SOF units would perform in the N. Korean environment, and touch on … [Read more...] about How would our Special Operations Forces perform in North Korea?