I had a fairly similar experience more than a year and a half back at the range but with a twist. It was all AR builds and flying brass. I was between a bunch of pilots from the nearby Air Force base and a dad and his son and daughter — probably 12 to 14 year age range. They seemed disinterested in him showing them his fancy build. I was taking my time 2 slots next to them at the 100 yard range and when I touched off my smoke pole .50 cal. GPR for the first time they immediately took notice. So did the pilots, who let out a collective “damn” when I boomed the range, rather than that sharp crack. One pilot came over and asked all kinds of questions. After my second shot the two kids kept watching me and asked a question or two, which pissed off their dad. He didn’t appreciate my smoke or the kids’ interest. I guess he wasn’t into history and Olde Eynsford lol.