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Our Team

Dedicated, Certified, and Professional

Welcome to Upstate Gun Co.! Here we have an exceptional team of instructors that are committed to helping you get your CWP certification. Founded in 2021 and led by Alex Raines, the Owner, Founder, and Course Instructor, Upstate Gun Co. is passionate about helping individuals understand the importance of gun safety while enabling them to become CWP certified.


Alex Raines

Owner, Founder, and Course Instructor

Welcome to Upstate Gun Co., where we offer top-notch CWP classes. Our owner, Alex Raines, brings years of law enforcement experience, NRA and SLED certifications, and a master's degree in criminal justice to the table. At Upstate Gun Co., we are passionate about helping our students learn the skills they need to be responsible gun owners. Our classes are tailored to beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels, and we strive to provide the best instruction and resources for each individual student.

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Stevie Raines

Co-Founder, and Manager 

In addition to our CWP classes, we also offer a wide range of services and resources to help you become a responsible gun owner. Stevie Raines is co-founder and manager of all things Upstate Gun Co. Stevie provides a wealth of knowledge which includes fingerprinting, SLED resources and current/upcoming merchandise. Stevie is tailored to tend to the needs of our students and provide them with a seamless and no stress CWP process.

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