Until the late 18th century, smoothbore muskets were the standard weapon of infantry, with the muzzle-loaded rifle being a specialist weapon for marksmen. Technological advances—such as breech-loading, bullet cartridges, automatic fire, and modular attachments—eventually made the rifle the standard weapon, while the musket became obsolete.
— Official Website Description
The Rifleman is a class in Battlefield 1943. It is mainly used for anti-infantry purposes, engaging infantry targets at mid to long range. The semi-automatic rifles used by this class are extremely accurate and powerful, taking three shots to kill an enemy at any range, or a single headshot. Their rate of fire is moderate and may be lacking at close range. The Bayonet allows for a melee attack that kills instantly with good reach, but it can be slow to attack multiple times. The Rifleman is also equipped with rifle grenades, which can destroy light vehicles, hit enemies behind cover, or damage structures. In addition, he has two hand grenades. Due to the recharging property of ammunition in Battlefield 1943, it is advised to use the kit's explosives often for maximum effectiveness.
The Rifleman kit appears in the singleplayer campaign for Battlefield 1. Enemy riflemen are typically equipped with the bolt action and self-loading rifles used by the Medic and Scout kits in Multiplayer but without the healing or scouting capability from either kit. They are the most common types of enemies and allies.
Enemy riflemen may be equipped with long-range sights/scopes, permitting them a greater detection range against the player.
Uniforms and weaponsEdit
- Imperial German Army - they wear standard Feldgrau uniforms with trench coats. They also wear helmets (Pickelhaube or Stahlhelm). They use Gewehr 98 or Selbstlader M1916. German soldiers also use Shovels and spiked clubs as their melee weapons.
- Austria-Hungary - they wear Hechtgrau uniforms with Berndorfer helmets or, sometimes, soft field Kappe (cap, worn also by Scouts). Their standard weapon is Gewehr M.95. They also use Shovels.
- Ottoman Empire - they wear white-ish uniforms with Kabalak helmets (worn by Medic) or Bashlik caps (worn by Scouts). They use Gewehr 98 and Cavalry Sword as their weapons.
- British Army - they look similar to MP Scout, however, they are Caucasian instead of Aboriginal Australian. They wear standard uniforms, Brodie helmets and use SMLE MKIII or M1903 Experimental. They also have melee weapons - clubs.
- Royal Italian Army - they wear standard green uniforms and Adrian helmets. They use either Russian 1895 or Cei-Rigotti. Italian riflemen are also equipped with Pickaxes.
- 369th Infantry Regiment - they wear standard US uniforms and Adrian helmets. Their standard weapons are M1903 Springfield and M1907 SL. They also use Shovels as their melee weapons.
- Bedouin tribes - they wear olive-green coats and Arabic headgear, similar to this worn by T. E. Lawrence. They use Martini-Henry rifles and Cavalry Swords.