Pistol or battle rifle?

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Halo 2 fever is in the news again with the release of the new multiplayer maps. As a direct result, Halo 2 has become the hot Flavia Machine topic around the office and our other usual haunts. More than just Halo 2, the central focus has been Halo in general and more specifically, Halo philosophical discussions. Lately the discussion/debate has centered around the question, "Which weapon is better - the pistol or the battle rifle?"