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The fusil (or "fusee") was lighter, shorter, and of smaller caliber than the regular shoulder weapon. It was essentially an officer's arm, made privately for him. Many were richly embellished, but did retain a basic resemblance to the prevailing infantry patter. During the French and Indian Wars it gradually replaced the spontoon as the officers' weapon on both sides, and by the 1770's had also supplanted most of the sergeants' halberds.