(Taken from wiki)
The MEU(SOC) pistol, officially designated Pistol, Caliber .45, MEU(SOC), is an air-cooled, magazine-fed, recoil-operated, single-action, semiautomatic handgun chambered for the .45 ACP cartridge. It is based on the original M1911 design by John Browning, and has been the standard-issue side arm for the Force Recon Element of the United States Marine Corps' Marine Expeditionary Units from 1985 to today.
Slides were ordered from Springfield Armory, with front sight pins, beavertail safeties and recoil spring guides came from Ed Brown. Novak was contracted for rear sights, Wilson Combat provided extractors and mag release buttons, while King's Gun Works supplied ambidextrous thumb safeties.
Ok the box
Very nice looking, with a tan finish and the majority of it being covered with a USMC EGA, and "M.E.U Pistol Pistol, caliber 45. MEU (SOC)" written on it other than that it includes a list of facts on the real steel and a
small picture showing the licensed NOVAK sights.
What you get
Inside the box is the gun, one 28rd magazine a small green box with markings trying to show that it is carrying some 45 ACP rounds, and a a plastic bag.
In the bag, you have your manual, which has a bunch of real steel info on the front, which has the basic stuff on the gun and how to operate it. (all in Japanese)
Some targets and TM catalog, and an unjaming rod.
Inside that small green box is a small bag of .2g bb's, a bushing wrench (can be used in disassembly and magazine loading) ,and a rubber muzzle cap.
(Note: the bb's are missing because they had already been shot at this point)
Included with the gun is one very high quality 28rd magazine made of metal in a silver finish. The mag feels hefty and very durable. The notable difference between this an a standard 1911 mag is its silver (obviously) and has a small plastic bumper on the end, making it protrude from the magwell.
While shooting today I noticed while they both fed very well the MEU's mag held a few more shots of gas then the 1911's. Both did very well though in this chilly NJ weather, able to empty a full mag on one charge of gas at 25 degrees.
The actual gun
The gun is very solid and has a hefty feel to it. Sporting a matte black finish, and while being almost entirely made of plastic, it feels, and looks very much like metal.
However while racking the slide, it felt un-smooth and a bit sluggish compared to the standard 1911.
The metal parts include: slide release, hammer, ambidextrous safety, magazine realease, beavertail grip safety, and the trigger.
The slide has "Professional Cal.45" on it and the frame says "ASGK Tokyo Marui custom made in japan CRG 1368" and then "Cal.45"
Compared to a standard 1911 the MEU has some notable improvements.
First it weighs a bit more, just a few ounces but noticeable while holding both.
Second the gun now sports licensed NOVAK sights. These are VERY nice, and a dream to use compared to the old sights. Making target acquisition much easier.
(Picture showing the NOVAK sights and ambidextrous safety)
In addition to that the side now has forward serrations in addition to the rear ones. Not extremely useful, but nice to look at.
On the frame side there is now an extended beavertail grip safety, new extended ambidextrous slide safety, and hollowed out hammer.
(pic showing the grip safety, slide safety and the hammer)
Also the trigger is now much larger, silver and has three holes in it:
Finally the last major improvement, is TM's take on Pachmyr wrap around grips.
These thing are fantastic compared to the old grips on the Original Colt 1911.
They wrap around the front of the frame, and even though they are still plastic, they feel rubberized and are very comfy.
Edited by TheHamburglar13, 28 February 2009 - 11:50 PM.