Here's a little jog down the Bushmaster .223 memory lane: Prime suspect in U.S. sniper shootings boasted of being CIA agent and sharpshooter (AP) 26 Oct 2002 When John Allen Muhammad's life started unraveling, he sought refuge in Antigua, living in a sparsely furnished room while he boasted of being a CIA agent and sharpshooter who could "take out a man" from a quarter of a mile (hundreds of meters). To Randy Nelson, the 41-year-old U.S. Army veteran of the Gulf War was a miracle worker who got his aging pickup truck back on the road and the bearer of gifts like blank CDs and batteries. He said they got talking about guns because Muhammad told him he was in the U.S. Army and had worked with the FBI and CIA. Muhammad was trained as a mechanic, combat engineer and specialist metal worker. He never received sniper training but qualified as an expert with the M-16. A Bushmaster .223-caliber rifle, the civilian version of the M-16, was found when he was arrested Thursday in Fredericksburg, Maryland.