The award pistol is an excellent weapon. With it's zoom it's like a mini sniper rifle, and it can take down almost any unit in 1-2 shots (wookiee's take more of course) Plus almost every unit can take advantage of it unlike other award weapons.
The only downside is that, it uses ammo, so it sort of defeats the purpose of having an rechargable backup weapon, but who cares? The pistol is cool, and your usually dead before you manage to deplete all your ammo.
Anyway the award pistol is cool but my favorite weapon as of now is probably the wookiee bowcaster, that thing is like a shot gun mixed with a sniper rifle, and it's got double zoom as well. Not to mention the guy who carries it can live alot longer then a sniper. If only it had an award version...
Not being paranoid doesn't mean someone isn't trying to kill you... or does it?