I was just wondering about the news and about the Plasma Pistol?
Last I heard of it the tracking had been severely reduced due to being able to spawn with it, and it sounded “powerful”. Though, that’s arguable.
The plasma pistol is likely one of these new ‘sidearms’: less powerful than primaries, but still useful. The magnum has been confirmed a sidearm by the latest bulletin (08/08/12) and has faster animations than most other weapons. This means it has faster reload, melee, and you can switch to it faster.