Don't know if this sounds weird, but anyway... I live in an open carry state but don't open carry. (Don't think my clients would approve ) Anyway... I often see other people open carrying and next thing I know, I'm at the range the next weekend with them, their wife, their friends etc. I don't have any shooting buddies really, one other dude that jumps in the car and occasionally comes out.
I can't do it but I appreciate when others do.(assuming they are responsible, safe folks)
I'm glad your experience went well... oops! Try it again, you actually meet some pretty cool people.