Not sure about the color match, but the LEO carbines are the real deal. Colt made them up for police department sales with the flash hider etc. There really wasnt too much restriction on them in the non-commie states. Basically the same as marking 30rd mags Military or "Law Enforcement Use Only". I am sure they may command a slight premium but not to me. I quit caring about Colt AR's when they went to the lengths they did to make them compliant. If I was a collector, maybe, but as a shooter there are a lot of other brands as good if not better for less money.