Monthly Archives: February 2014


GO FOR THE UTERUS of your female attacker!  Stacy Paxton weighs in…

Supine POV (What IS center mass anyway?  Consider your shot placement relative to center mass of the exposed areas…. Great article by Aaron Cowan of Sage Dynamics and Monderno.  Worth the read!!)


After we shared this article yesterday (Thank you to Aaron Cowan of Sage Dynamics and Monderno) about shot placement and center mass being relative to the exposed area, fan Stacy Paxton wrote in with her insights 

Stacy is an avid supporter of self defense education, AWARE (Arming Women Against Rape & Endangerment) liaison, daughter of a physician mom who taught Stacy young how to proactively avoid dangerous situations and shoot defensively, and is certainly a High Caliber Woman herself.

“Shot placement is one of the most talked (& most argued) about subjects, amongst defensive shooters.

We – as women – were left out of the equation (as usual), both as defensive shooters AND as attackers. In order to immobilize an attacker, the pelvis has to be broken in two places. Most handgun ammo lacks the power to break it in one place (let alone two!) & many attempts to do so have ended with disastrous results for the defensive shooter. The pelvic bone structure is the last place I’d aim on a man.

On the other hand, the lower central pelvic region is the first place I’d aim on a female attacker, with emphasis on the uterus. The uterus is a blood laden organ & any hit there will get a female attacker well on her way to hypovolemic shock. You don’t even have to get a direct hit. Any hit within two or three inches will likely strike with enough energy to cause multiple ruptures of the uterus & induce the same effect. Furthermore, our ovaries are every bit as sensitive as a man’s testicles & any hit(s) in that area will make her ovaries register a degree of pain far beyond what she could begin to withstand. I’m talking off the charts pain that would make childbirth look like a walk in the park by comparison! It’s pretty hard to continue an attack when they’re curled-up in a fetal ball & writhing in agony. Thus, I’d expect faster neutralization with such a shot, than with shots to her chest (although, I’d certainly keep her chest in mind for follow-up shots)!

Consider your shot placement

Consider your shot placement

I’m sharing not only to make reveal this as an excellent neutralization zone in female attackers, but to remind every woman reading this of our own vulnerabilities in that area. I’ll grant you that most violent street criminals are men. But, about ten percent are other women & they strongly prefer female victims. That’s because – as a group – we’re smaller than men, less skilled in fighting (present company excepted) & less likely to resist.

Far too many women are completely oblivious to the existence of violent female criminals &, sadly, many have paid the ultimate price because of it! Keep that in mind & be safe, sisters – because it’s quite possible that not every woman you encounter will have sisterly intentions towards you! 😉 ” – Stacy Paxton

Stacy, we appreciate your passion for educating women.  THANK YOU for your involvement and care to make a difference in the lives of women!

Lynn Sherwood-Humphries

Lynn Sherwood-Humphries founded High Caliber Women with the goal to empower women to take charge of their lives and personal defense with a comprehensive approach in mind, mody and attitude.  She walks-walks-the-walk herself in this goal and sometimes succeeds at feeling well-rounded through the excitement and challenges that life throws her way.  Lynn is a shooting instructor in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and appreciates the opportunity to empower women accross the board to be their own best bodyguard and friend.

Get involved ~ it’s your life and you’re worth it!

Lynn Sherwood - CEO High Caliber Women



Lynn Sherwood, Founder of High Caliber Women

Lynn Sherwood, Founder of High Caliber Women


Watching  “Lockup: Corcoran”, the prison life documentary tv show, I’m regularly reminded by the bad guy du jour that he “wouldn’t have been in his situation” (having abused others, and landing in jail) had he not been abused himself…  The crack junkie who proclaims that he was “set up”…  The thief states that the girl he shot “deserves” her punishment because she didn’t obey his demands…


I’ve watched the Olympic biathlete twins and the three-sister skiing trio, and have examined Hillary & Bill and George and George.  I’ve studied amazingly successful individuals and pondered their roads to lead interesting lives.  I’ve worked to examine the path on which people travel to get where they are, when and how…  How fortunate that some families of these leaders in their fields dedicated all;  that must be the reason they are prosperous.

Again I say:  Puh-leease.

I believe that we are who we are BECAUSE OF and IN SPITE OF our past.  …AND, much more importantly, it’s up to us what we do with this knowledge about ourselves in order to shape our future.

I am who I am BECAUSE OF my genes, the way I was nurtured – or not, my surroundings as a youth and as an adult, the culture in which I have chosen to participate, what I’ve heard and seen and been through and lived through and enjoyed, hated, participated in and fled from…  These things have shaped me, molded me, made me.

AND I am who I am IN SPITE OF my genes, the way I was nurtures – or not, my surroundings as a youth and as an adult, the culture in which I have chosen to participate, what I’ve heard and seen and been through and lived through and enjoyed, hated, participated in and fled from…  These things, too, have shaped me, molded me, made me!!

I’ve enjoyed extraordinary highs and unenviable lows.  I’ve endured some particularly nasty times in my life.  (I didn’t start my journey to empower women (and the people who love and support them) because I’ve had it easy and I’m just resting on my laurels.  I’ve been there ~ I’ve loved and lost, been battered and broken, succeeded and have lost all.  ‘Life ain’t always no picnic’.)   …And I’m also truly grateful on this journey in not knowing all that unfortunately some of you might  ~  I haven’t been drugged out of my mind, locked up or sold myself on the streets.

How inspiring that the youth who knows abuse, neglect and poverty grows up to achieve everything and then some…   How did his genetic make-up, personal dedication, work, family, abuse, talent, treasure, challenges, mentors and lack thereof collide to set this path for success because of and in spite of his past?

Can the nineteen or forty or sixty-seven year old sitting in jail ever move beyond the victim mentality of her mind to see that yes, it totally freaking sucks that that’s what she’s been through and in spite of it she can still choose to come out on the other side?  Or not?

Who are YOU today BECAUSE OF and IN SPITE OF your past?

Are you faithful religiously thanks to your grandmother who dragged you to church every Sunday?  Do you keep quiet in a room full of friends, fearing you’ll still never be heard?  Do you tremble and duck your head each time your partner moves to brush the hair from your brow?  Are you confident you will stop the next threat, embrace the next career change, or step out on the limb to reach your next goal because of and in spite of your past ~ and in search of your future???  How will YOU reach the next, even better YOU?!

Lynn Sherwood


Lynn Sherwood – CEO, HCW

Lynn Sherwood-Humphries is passionate about empowering women and the supporters who love them.  As the founder of High Caliber Women, she believes in living life with an integrated approach mind, body and attitude.  Life can be crazy ~ and we don’t have to be crazy with it….  Live Strong, friends.


Why Bother? A girl’s guide to dressing confidently for safety’s sake…

High Caliber Women - Lipstick and Confidence.  WHY BOTHER?



Pondering whether to even brush my hair or just scrunch the wet mop out of site atop my head, don dirty yoga pants and flip flops or sturdy shoes and a sassy blouse, and whether the two extra minutes to swipe my lashes with mascara would be a good use of my time before my solo road trip last week, I thought “Why Bother?”

Women in bulky 90’s sweat-suits walk through airports across the country daily, go to the grocery store hiding their face and pray no one they know will see them, and do everything they can to look distracted when passing someone they know if they are not feeling ‘all they can be’ for a variety of reasons.  This approach works well for a lot of women.  I can DO this!  I’m going to get in the car and just not care what any stranger will think!!!

…And then I promptly brushed my hair and draped it gently over my shoulders, donned fitted professional clothing and sturdy shoes, and brushed my blond lashes with mascara for a trip during which (maybe!) 100 people in gas stations (whom I would never see again) would see me in the next two states…

Over my years, I’ve watched sweatpants stride through airports and flip flops glide through fast food chains in gas stations on road trips.  Yes, I’ll bet the folks wearing them might even be more comfortable squeezing into the little areas airlines call ‘seats’ and when they kick off the flops to let their toesies dangle out the window in the breeze along  the 101.  But I don’t SEE many of these people ~ I couldn’t tell you the color of the lady’s eyes or hair who passed me in the airport, if she wore a smile or had any identifyingly extraordinary or welcoming feature.  She swam past me in her oversized frumpy box store hoody as she texted her sister, not making eye contact or walking confidently as she sulked by hundreds of other people trying not to be noticed.  She succeeded – with me, at least;  I didn’t really see her.  She didn’t engage me to be her advocate.  As her chosen approach to face the world, I hope it worked for her.  And I hope that a bad guy did not interpret what I perceived as a lack of confidence and pre-occupation as ‘victim material’.

In pondering why I again took the time and energy to ‘gear up’ this week for my road trip, I realized that I tend to steer to the opposite end as I travel ~ and with purposeful intent.  Tennies, pumps or boots that I can run away in ~ functional in addition to being cute.  Clothing I look great in ~ so that I feel great in it, too!  My hair styled and eyes made up so no embarrassment about my excuse for appearance would lead me to not make eye contact with every single person I can connect with.  This is important, deep-seated work for me!  As I leave the cozy confines of my small home-town grocery store, in which on any given visit I’ll see and hug 22 old friends, I have to be more aware of my surroundings as I travel  and how I am perceived within them.  I WILL look you in the eyes as I assess my surroundings ~ you will KNOW I’ve got eyes on you, that I am confident and am nobody’s victim.  I WILL attract the attention of 49 ‘good guys and gals’ to help should a situation occur with one potential bad guy.

I realized that I WANT every single person in a given place to notice me ~ for protection’s sake!

If everyone in the gas station takes notice of this confident woman, the bad guy with mal-intent will be less likely to scope me out as a victim, in part also because everybody in there will have seen me.   I want these people to remember my smile, my confidence, my attitude.  Is attractive clothing and make-up the only way to do garner this attention?  Of course not!  In fact, it’s the tiniest, itty-bittiest percentage of WHY you will notice me.  (Remember this line if you start judging me as a stuck-up, vain witch with too much time on her hands while judging others. J )  In reviewing what others do for themselves, I’ve realized this is simply the final touch to my personal confidence-boosting routine.

Entering the gas station, you won’t know that I’ve spent hours practicing my four-point draw stroke last week, that I’m versed in situational awareness and that I’m a CrossFit maniac.  You won’t know that I’ve already prepared a path in my mind visualizing escaping a bad situation and engaging others if necessary to help stop a threat.  You won’t know that my will to live to hug my husband one more time and to be part of my grand-babies’ lives is as strong as it is.  You won’t know that I’m a strong businesswoman with critical thinking skills and outside-the-box creative ability that you might only dream about. You won’t know that I’m packing a gun, or three…

But as a bad guy, you WILL know that I am not going to be your submissive target.  You WILL see that 49 good guys and gals took note of me and might just get actively engaged to stop your bad ass if you try something stupid.  As a good guy or gal, you WILL know that ‘There’s something about that girl’ and might just be more interested in making sure I return from my bathroom venture down that long corridor to the rear of the station.  Will I actively engage the good guys/gals and prepare for the threat of the bad guy?  ABSOLUTELY and without apology.  And I’ve got your back, too!

WHY BOTHER?  In analyzing myself and why I ‘geared up’ before my road trip, I realized that adding the final small but tangible touches to my external presentation to the world as I travel, steering eyes toward me from the good guys rather than flying under the radar to only be ‘seen’ as a potential target by the bad guy, is just a part of my icing to my internal, confidently prepared self.

What’s YOUR modus operandi?  How do YOU present yourself to the world ~ and why?  Does it vary by circumstance, place and situation?  What final touches do YOU make and for what reasons??  Have you thought through how good guys and bad guys SEE you in various lights – and why?  Have you visualized your walk in this world, and your path out if you do find yourself in a sticky situation?

WHY BOTHER?!?  Why bother doing everything, EVERY THING within your power so you can remain in power??

Because we’re worth it.  😉

Lynn Sherwood is the founder of High Caliber Women.  She spends her time teaching women, men and youth to shoot defensively and for fun and enjoys working out in the wee hours of the morning to the grueling demands of her coaches.  She ‘walks the walk’ of a comprehensive approach to life and self defense with a mind-body-attitude connection.  Lynn is an NRA certified instructor for Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun and Refuse to be a Victim, and she co-owns and manages Jackson Hole Shooting Experience as a lead pistol, shotgun and archery instructor in this premier Luxury Entertainment Shooting Experience phenomenon.  She lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming with her husband Shepard Humphries and her puppy Remington.

Remington is Lynn Sherwood's puppy love!

Remington is Lynn Sherwood’s puppy love!