I ended up sending the gun back to S&W whom promptly sent it back with a new clip. Though I have not fired it yet it appears to have resolved my issue.
I took 10 rounds and just started manually cycling it and out of 30 or so cycles I had zero issues.
Turn around time was quick and service was very pleasant.
It would appear that if I had zero issues w/just manually charging the gun from the clip that one would think we are ok. I intend to conduct an intense proofing session now with the rifle and repost my results.