"Ancient pattern automatic pistol. Weak and short range, but quick."
The basic starting weapon in Rimworld. Among the wreckage at the start of an new game is a pistol. It is recommended to equip the pistol early on so that the colonists have a way to defend themselves. Like other weapons, pistols can be stored in an equipment rack for ease of access. The pistol is notable for having an extremely short reload time, but its poor damage, range, and accuracy limit its effective use, for defense purposes, to early-game. Equipping a pistol on a colonist with a high shooting skill will maximize its usefulness by increasing its poor accuracy.
Although the pistol is the lowest form of gunpowder weapons, its quickness makes it the best weapon for colonists to combine hunting and training their gun skills.