I finally tried the pistols out today. The result was pretty much exactly what I predicted: They work just as well as they used to for the snapshots they are best for, killing any special and most Elites quite easily. Even rat patrols aren’t really a problem, as if you can shoot more than a full “magazine” into them, you already either have friends to help or can kite them well enough. Besides, if you get lucky (or extremely skilled) and can get a one-shot kill to each SV, the patrol even on Legend has two SVs left afterwards. I’d say they aren’t that limited for that either. The only thing really hit was the machinegunning right next to an ammo crate, and even that’s still mostly doable. I certainly didn’t run out of ammo even once, from magazine or completely, unless I was purposefully machinegunning.
I also had two concerns earlier that I didn’t voice. The first one was the reload time. It is long, if you have to reload from empty, but as you reload two bullets at a time and the reload is easily interruptible through either shooting, aiming or switching weapons, it’s not a problem - you can easily load one pair and get two shots more out almost immediately if needed.
Another was the updated Monster damage being possibly too much. About that I’m not quite so certain. It seemed that I could quite easily one-shot Packmasters and do very significant damage to bosses. I think it felt consistently a bit too powerful, especially against slavers. I’m not sure if I just lucked out and managed to get a crit those time I didn’t hit the head, but I think each shot that hit a Packmaster, also killed one. If a normal bodyshot without relevant bonuses, even from close range, is enough to kill one, I think the weapon is slightly too strong. In my opinion, either a headshot or a crit (or some Property investment) one-shotting Packmasters would be sensible, but not a basic bodyshot.
So in summary, I think the new BoP feels more sensible to use now, despite the Monster damage possibly being a bit overboard. Both the"magazine" size and reload timing feel sensible enough, and I actually like the bit of attention and pacing needed.