I think there is a difference between ‘meta’ guns and ‘faction’ guns.
‘meta’ modules are the ones, typically compact, restrained, scoped, etc., that are between T1 and T2 modules in function. They are intended to be used when a pilot can’t use the T2 version or can’t fit the T2 version.
‘faction’ modules are typically better than T2 modules in terms of both fitting and function. We run into them as Caldari Navy, True Sansha, Dread Guristas, etc.
I think the Veles are intended to be like existing faction modules, not meta modules. Usually, building faction modules requires a T2 module as part of it’s construction.