Pistol (or Sidearm/Handgun) is a type of firearm that can be wielded by one hand.
Pistols are classified as secondary weapons in CF:Legends. They usually use small to high caliber ammunition. Pistols are usually used when the primary weapon runs out of ammunition, have no time to reload, or engaging in a close combat situation (usually when they are using a Sniper Rifle).
In TDM, S&D and FFA mode, room host can also limit weapons usage to handguns only, so every player will have to stick with their handguns instead.
Pistols vary widely in damage: Small caliber pistols have low damage and high-caliber magnum pistols deal high damage. They also have less ammo than all the other guns throughout the game. Pistols are most effective in close and medium range combat, though the more powerful ones can easily kill at long range.
Pistols in general are very lightweight, reload fairly quickly, and are pretty accurate.