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A pistol is lighter, and therefore someone using one will run/move faster.
They make more sense in the remake (Lawton some good points). But when dealing with superhuman difficulty, every bit helps - even in the original. In the original, they were tricky due to their lack of range and power, but still very useful for your grenadiers - using a rifle reduced your accuracy with grenades, and having a grenade in the other hand ...
Useful applications of the pistol Snipers can use the pistol on a turn that they move and can be more accurate than a rifle at close range Shotgunners can be more accurate at range Characters that are out of ammo can keep firing instead of reloading on a critical turn When pistol damage is enough to finish off an enemy, you can conserve ammo in main weapon ...
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