I’ve never seen the Pistol Shot cleave,
I can only assume you must have been using it on Zealot where Rapier…
…even with its enormous Power bonuses is a little underpowered on Zealot.
Also… I don’t really see the problem with the current ability to Block while shooting with it, since its almost a full 2 second reset. You just aren’t going to rack up any mega kills with it. Its just the only Weapon in the game that allows you to survive with a horde of Monk’s Zerks in your face… but its far from overpowered.
Pistol shot really only useful when used as a combo attack… or against shield users.
Like a shot (which staggers a Mauler) then slash or stab followed by another Shot which kills it. When done in rapid succession it kills a mauler without a crit headshot, and its fairly fast.
The other place you use this is on Shield users, specifically Chaos shield users where you use a push attack followed by a Shot attack which generally kills them. Its kinda the opposite on Storm Vermin where you use the Shot to open up the shield, then use a Charged Stab attack for the head to finish it off.
The only Job that can use this weapon really well is WHC since he gets instant kills on crit headshots, and its a very fast weapon… even if very low damaging on lightl attacks, Breakpoints just don’t matter to a WHC, only crits and headshots.
Which is exactly what Rapier alows you to do very well. So its usable at the same level regardless of difficulty level.
While this weapon may not be so great on Zealot… it’s spectacular on WHC.
(And BH can’t even approach what WHC can do with it)
And this is indeed the Signature Weapon of the WHC since the beginning of the game so I see no problem with it.
Honestly I’m of a different opinion here… I cannot get the 1H Axe or Falchion to even come close to either Axe/Falch nor Rapier on WHC.
The only solution I can come up with is to put the Alt-Fire Pistol on both of those weapons as well to give them a boost. But that will take a lot of effort on the part of the Devs so I don’t expect it.