Wash, figured that was our problem....hence the "anticipated" part of the opening statement of my post.
And guys.....yup I did learn sumpin from hanging out here....the bolt was dripping wet with Weapon Shield CLP before the test run. It was not a NIB upper, and I think the previous owner had problems......bolt was a dry as a popcorn fart when the kid brought it home. I didn't say anything, but made sure there was copiuos amounts of love juice in there when testing. Bolt carrier showed wear marks from being run dry by previous owner.....more wear than should be for only "100 or so" rounds through it....and dry to boot, no lube on fingers hardly when taking it apart at first.