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A musketeer (French: mousquetaire) was a type of soldier equipped with a musket. Musketeers were an important part of early modern warfare, particularly in Europe, as they normally comprised the majority of their infantry. The musketeer was a precursor to the rifleman. Muskets were replaced by rifles as the almost universal firearm for modern armies during the period 1850 to 1860.[1] The traditional designation of "musketeer" for an infantry private survived in the Imperial German Army until World War I.

A Dutch musketeer, holding a musket; painting by Jacob van Gheyn in 1608