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The Three Musketeers

Picture if a MuskateerA musket is a long smooth-bore firearm, loaded from the muzzle and discharged using fire from the shoulder. It is unquestionably a gun. Yet in the famous novel by Alexandre Dumas (père), the heroes are swashbuckling swordsmen, not gunners. So why does the novel refer to them as musket-bearing soldiers?

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