To play that last game of wild West Exodus, I needed plenty of Hired Hands... of the close combat variety.
They are the least expensive, and have more of a multi use than the long range Hired Hands. While their marksmanship is not up to the long range HH, they can pump out lots of close range shots.
It does present a few different situations for an opponent. In each fight thus far, I was able to use a few of these to get in the way of big characters, buying me just enough time to either get out of the way, or bring up my own heavy elements and take them down!!