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Who invented the musket in the 1700s?

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The musket actually emerged in the 16th century in Spain. The Frenchman Marin le Bourgeoys is the most likely inventor of the first true flintlock musket; that development took place in the early 17th century. Prior to the invention of the flintlock musket, the weapons were typically matchlocks.

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The flintlock was the second stage in the musket's development. By the early 19th century, percussion locks had replaced flintlocks. The original matchlock musket was a variation on the harquebus although larger in size. The first muskets were quite large, generally requiring more than one person to handle them and a portable rest for firing.

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