Looking forward to other’s feedback. I truly hope that these problems are isolated incidences.
One thing worth pointing out - I did have multiple problems with rounds not feeding properly or light primer strikes. These were caused by individual links that were too tight. New RPDs coming out of PG’s shop will run best during the first few 100 rounds with older clean belts that have been lightly lubed. Once things loosen up a bit then new belts should run fine.
Also, my first one came with the gas setting on #3. Run it this way for 50-100 rounds and then you can begin to turn it down. Mine ended up cycling on the #1 setting during the remainder of the time that I had it.