I know you have never played one. I suggest trying this profile. I played Haris of Briscards (HRL + Doc & Haris with Marksman Rifle) in Merovingia and I can assure you: twin-linked HRL is no joke. (I admit, the MSV1 on the Briscards proved to be pretty useful, though not a game-changer.) Brawlers have issues, no-one doubt this (for the draw-backs, I kindly refer you to my previous post), but they do have advantages, access to HRL being one of them. Time to play-test, I presume!