If you keep them at bay, you will have no trouble using pistols. Just make sure that they are not too close to you.
All of these workers have a certain picture displayed on their backs. It is easy to see when they are killed. The flaming skull on the picture is actually a Lost Soul - a monster from id Software's game Doom (1993).
|Tomb Raider 3/The Lost Artifact Enemies|
|Main:||Baboons · Tigers · Shiva Statues · Cobras · Vultures · Tony · Rattlesnakes · Workers · MP with Club · MP with Gun · MP with Rifle · Orcas · London Goons · Rats · The Damned · Museum Guards · Crows · Scuba Divers · Sophia Leigh · Crocodiles · Tribesman with Spiked Axe · Tribesman with poison-dart gun · Compsognathus · Tyrannosaurus Rex · Velociraptors · Harmless Soldiers · Flamethrower Guys · Dragonflies · Green Lizards · Crawling Mutant Scientists · Standing Mutant Scientists · Piranhas · Puna Boss · Tinnos Monsters · Mark Willard/Willard Mutant|
|The Lost Artifact||Castle Guards · Highlanders|