I am playing a Gunslinger with the Mysterious Stranger archetype that fights with 2 6-shot revolvers. I have the Two Weapon Fighting and Point Blank Shot feats. After LOTS of reading, it has become evident that I need to avoid fighting within melee range because firing my pistols twice per round will provoke at least one and possibly two attacks of opportunity.
Is there a way I can avoid provoking the AoO's? I don't think I can take Point Blank Master because it requires Weapon Specialization which requires Fighter 4.
Is the Sword and Pistol feat an option? Despite the title, it reads "Benefit: When you use the Two-Weapon Fighting feat while wielding a melee weapon and a crossbow or firearm, your attacks with the crossbow or firearm provoke no attacks of opportunity from foes that you threaten with your melee weapon." It doesn't specify "sword", so I'm assuming if I used my Pistol Whip deed and used the butt of one pistol as a bludgeon that would could as a "melee weapon". This would allow me to club with one pistol and fire the other without provoking AoO's (I think), but will cost 1 grit/round to fight that way.
Any other ideas? Normally I plan on fighting from range, but I anticipate my GM trying to limit my effectiveness by having the enemies close into melee range and get extra attacks via AoO, so I'm trying to mentally prepare for how to counter that.