Alright, to start off this review I have to explain something about the exact product I received. I just got this pistol in the mail from ASGI on Wednesday. I was expecting what was in the picture, minus the rail. What I got was more along the lines of a traditional Socom Gear MEU. It has the wrap-around, rubberized, MEU style grips(as opposed to the standard diamond-pattern grips in the photos). The only difference is the golden Socom Gear emblem(no complaints, it looks quite nice). It came with a 20mm railed frame, even though most of the reviews said it would not. The gun did come with a Socom Gear branded HSS pistol lanyard, and I have no complaints about the lanyard itself. It came with the orange 20mm threaded adapter that is(in theory) removable, as long as you have the strength and a pair of pliers. It also came with a traditional silver MEU magazine, but without the pesky baseplate that keeps you from being able to fill the magazine with gas.
Past that, the gun is quite nice. One of the features I like most is one I haven't seen anyone else talk about. Since the MEU is based off of the standard WE single stack 1911, it is compatible with not only WE magazines, but WE slides, frames, barrels, etc.
Overall, this is a nice piece for what you pay. If you want a good looking GBB 1911 that is loaded with features and highly upgradeable(in GBB terms), go for it.
However, if you aren't set on the 1911 design, and you don't need fancy-shmancy pistol lanyards and threaded barrels, go for something like a KWA M9 PTP or a KJW P226. You can easily get aftermarket upgrades for these pistols(although, if you are taking the M9 route and you need upgradabilty, the cheaper KJW series may be a better choice), and the perform slightly better(not to mention they consume significantly less gas).
Sorry for the parentheses.
Full metal construction
Quality pistol lanyard
Wrap-around Pachmyr grips(just remembered the official name for them)
Functional beavertail, half-cock, and slide safeties
Nice magazine drop
Gas hog. I'm not kidding. This gun is the king of all gas hogs. Using propane, if you fill the magazine with five three-second bursts of gas, you can get anywhere from one to three magazines off before you run out. I would be OK with its poor gas consumption if it weren't so bloody inconsistent.
Just like all WE single stacks, it suffers from some internal and slide wobble.
Threaded tip is a birch to get off.
Performance isn't the best.
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]