The pistol is a great combat gun that is super mobile. With a pistol, you can easily defend against aggressive animals that might attack you. If an animal attacks your character and you fail to defend it, you will lose part of your trophies and equipment, which might be a huge loss for a hunter. You can also easily finish your prey with a second shot from a pistol if your first shot with a bigger caliber gun was not accurate. Every hunter has to have a pistol for such situations.