"entry level" is on of those salesman gimmick buzzwords. like your going to have a ar-15 with training wheels or something then graduate to a REAL ar-15?? LOL!
without the particulars on either weapon i can't say one over the other. either sho0uld be fine though i would lean to the red jacket version as it is not a mass produced variant.
in the building world a "entry level" ar-15 would go for more like $500 sometimes even a bit less. in the mall ninja world the more it cost the better it is.
sometimes you do get a little more, the trick is to know where that extra $$ should be spent and spend the money saved on good mags and ammo.--lots and lots of ammo--LOL