Saints in the Shadows
Ranged Weapon in Close Combat
Ranged Weapons in Close Combat
No ranged weapon larger than a pistol may be fired at adjacent foes engaged in melee. Larger weapons may be used as clubs, however. Pistols can be fired in close combat, but since the defender is actively fighting back, the TN for the Shooting roll is his Parry rather than the standard TN of 4.
That means it’s harder to hit someone who’s wrestling with your character in melee than someone a few feet further away who isn’t actively wrestling with your hero.
Firearms equipped with a Folding Stock may also be fired while engaged in melee, but with a -2 penalty to their Shooting roll.