The pistol looks pretty beefy, but, it does make me wonder what will happen if you try to blast the alien with it. Will the bullets just bounce off, or will it end up bleeding everywhere and cause a hull breach? (Of course not. I'm not naive to the complex nature of a system like that.)
It's interesting though, I wasn't expecting any offensive capability at all. The flamethrower was about the best I was expecting. So it's nice that it won't totally be a hide-and-seek affair. Even if it's mostly down to "disable your enemy so you can get by."