The pistol is exactly what read option is, except for the fact that the RB lines up behind the QB instead of off to the side. Come on man. It works sometimes and it doesnt work other times. As a base it does not work. as a sub package it forces Defenses to stay home and play very disiplined.
The pistol is just a formation. When the QB is under center the RB is line up right behind him. That's all it is. Nothing scientific that needs to be figured out. I don't know what's so complicated with having the QB in shotgun with the RB behind him. IT'S A FORMATION PEOPLE.
There are only 4 formations:
1. Under center with RB behind
2. Shotgun with RB next him
3. Shotgun with RB behind
4. empty backfield
Now you can just pick one and run your offense or use all of them.
No wonder athletes are called dumb jocks. Like, omg, coach so and so decide to position the RB behind the QB instead of next to him, omg. Come on, man. The only change in the sport is that the QB can run as fast as all the other skill players. The QB is now a skill player instead of a lame ducks that throws a football.