This was my first TM gun ever and I don't regret the purchase. It shoots like a champ, takes green gas without a single hiccup, and has almost no frame slop unlike my WE1911, which is full metal. Even with plastic externals, the gun stands up to abuse. Metal is used in critical parts like the hopup, spring guide, and magazine. Licensed Novak sights and replica Pachmayr grips are a great touch and are both aesthetically pleasing and functional.
Accuracy and field performance is nonpareil. Durability is also impressive considering it's made of plastic. Overall, the MEU is an impressive piece of work.
- Accurate. TM must sprinkle fairy dust on their hopups because the accuracy is impeccable with this thing. With some practice, you can outshoot the average player armed with an AEG.
- Solid build. Even after feeding it green gas and dragging it through the mud and rain, the MEU has held up. The mud and scratches give it character, really.
- Novak sights. Target acquisition with these is significantly easier than the notch and post that the WWII M1911 uses. The extra height takes a little getting used to, but it becomes natural with practice.
- Trigger response. The trigger break is very clean and the pull is very short, just like on a real steel accurized M1911, which I have had the pleasure of shooting as well.
- Novak sights. The sights are good, but lack of contrast due to there not being any dots on the posts makes it difficult to sight in during low-light conditions or if the target is silhouetted against a bright background. I may try to add luminescent paint later, but it would have been nice if TM had at least painted contrast dots in.
- Safety. The ambidextrous safety is very easy to dislodge; good in a CQB situation, but not so good if you're using a long arm most of the time (ie: in the woods).
- Gas usage. Gassing up the mag fully will give you around 20 rounds, which is actually quite short of the magazine's capacity of 28 rounds. Spare magazines are imperative if you plan on making heavy use of this gun.
- Magazines. Mags are a pain to load. Speed loader is almost a necessity; you can use your fingers, but since it's double-stack, the rounds have to be put in a certain way or it will jam the gun.
But these are just minor gripes and I can definitely live with them given the gun's amazing performance.