Monthly Archives: March 2014


Lynn Sherwood, CEO High Caliber Women and Jackson Hole Shooting Experience ~ Femme Fatale Corset Holster

Lynn Sherwood, CEO High Caliber Women and Jackson Hole Shooting Experience ~ Review of: Femme Fatale Corset Holster

Check out my gear review on for the Femme Fatale Corset Holster, my new favorite thing! -Lynn


I’m catching flak that ‘holsters shouldn’t be about comfort, a fashion statement or feeling pretty’.  I found this holster after trying for THREE YEARS to find the right holster which didn’t make me look pregnant, feel as though I walked like a duck, or make it ridiculously obvious that I was carrying.  I’d estimate 92+% of our female pistol students are also NOT carrying even after getting their CCW permit, directly because they also have not found a good option as women.

My take:  A) It doesn’t do anybody any good sitting in a drawer or in a holster at home on the counter because a woman’s not wearing it…. B) Practice, practice, practice with any holster/firearm you’ll actually use.  We ‘’sink to the level of our training”. (– B. Harnish and Lt. Col. Dave Grossman)

Lynn 1 - carrying Sig P938 with Femme Fatale Holster - 3-14

Lynn - Front view drawing - FFH - unsnapping shirt to draw

Lynn - front view FFH - pulling up shirt to clear and draw





Lovin’ my holster and am finally able, willing and comfortable carrying 100% of the time (where permitted) ~ Priceless.

Lynn Sherwood, CEO

Lynn Sherwood is founder and CEO of High Caliber Women and has a passion for teaching women, youth and families with a comprehensive approach in Mind, Body and Attitude.  As a CRSO and NRA Instructor in Basic Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun and Refuse to be a Victim, she and her husband, Shepard Humphries, lead a team of 16 skilled instructors providing Luxury Entertainment Shooting Experiences and Private Shooting Instruction in Jackson Hole, Wyoming through HCW and the Jackson Hole Shooting Experience



Lauren and Lynn ~ Training and Thanksgiving Fun

Lauren and Lynn ~ Training and Playing!

Teaching a young lady to shoot ~ now THAT’s time well spent!

I so appreciate THIS ARTICLE by Women’s Outdoor News’ author Marti Davis!  With emphasis on safety, she coaches her niece regarding the shooting FUNdamentals in age appropriate words and style, listens to her questions, shows by example, and positively engages her in the field to create a uniquely memorable event for both of them.  Go girls!

I challenge you to make the moments to teach a young lady to shoot.  …Or to reach out to someone else who might mentor your niece, daughter or granddaughter.  In addition to creating memories for both of you which will last a lifetime, you’ll help boost her self confidence, foster grins from ear to ear upon her successes, see her true grit shine though when she has some challenges, and she may even catch the bug to continue training and spending time with you when she returns home as an adult…

(Lynn and Lauren on the range with some .22 fun over Thanksgiving Break 2013)


Stay safe, share great habits and have fun together, friends!

Lynn Sherwood-Humphries

Lynn Sherwood-Humphries had a 22+ year fear of guns, and when she learned it wasn’t the gun she was afraid of – that it was the bad guy behind the gun – she developed the passion to teach others in a uniquely welcoming, fun and educational manner.  Lynn is now an NRA Instructor for Basic Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun and Refuse to be a Victim, is a CRSO, and owns and operates the Jackson Hole Shooting Experience and High Caliber Women in Jackson Hole, Wyoming with her husband and team of 16 amazing coaches.  …And when her adult daughter comes home, eager to spend time together on the range, she’s one happy camper indeed.

Ladies-Only Intermediate Defensive Handgun & Carbine Workshop

TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT ~ The mental and physical tactics of close-quarter carbine defense and training

Defensive Shooting Tactical Carbine Lynn Sherwood CEO High Caliber Women March 2014TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT   

Moving from the door propped on stilts was harrowing and frustrating as my feet plummeted through 18 inches of packed snow with each step.  My breathing was rapid as I ran to take advantage of concealment again, crouching low behind a barrel to avoid detection.  I worked to keep a visual of my threat at about 21 yards while still being undetected as I released my magazine and reinserted a fully loaded one.  Moving to yet another barricade, I dropped to my belly in spread eagle fashion, brought the gun to my shoulder and cheek, stared down and evaluated my threat, and pressed the trigger.  Bang bang. Bang.

The exercises were exhausting and exhilarating. The possibility of ever being in the situation of having shots returned and being ill-prepared  ~  potentially deadly.

It was a day well spent…  I again had the great opportunity to get out of my comfort zone this weekend in a Tactical Defensive Close-Quarters Carbine course taught by Shepard Humphries and Andy Ward of the Jackson Hole Shooting Experience.

Armed with my LWRC AR-15 with Aimpoint Optics, I spent hours in snow and high altitude sun with a unique variety of other shooters interested in practicing tactical defensive concepts, tactical mindset and practical maneuvers.

With a crunchy top layer of snow, should you post-hole through and risk the threat hearing every step?  Or might you creep your way slowly on your belly…  How many times do you need to practice your tactical reloads, malfunction clearing and stoppage drills before you’re comfortable doing it while on the run with live ammo and your muscle memory kicks in?  How is your performance affected as you are being slapped on your calves by sneaky trainers while trying to retain an accurate sight picture under a timer, reflective glare and sweat dripping into your eyeballs?

I’ll venture to say it’s different for every defensive shooter, and since we tend to “sink to the level of our training instead of rising to the occasion* ” we each must practice differently – and frequently!   I must train often and in a great variety of scenarios to even be able to default to my muscle memory, adaptation to environment, etc…

Visualizing the real fight:  Any defensive combat in real life will also be different ~ can I count on a 4 x 2 barrel being just off to my left as I move toward my threat?  Will I be on a beach in Florida when the battle happens, rather than having to think about post-holing in the snow as I move toward my attacker?   How might drugs or alcohol play a role as I read the body language of my threat?   Do I practice verbal de-escalation techniques before I even draw from holster?  In what scenarios is this vital or futile?  Where is my comfort zone and how do I stay alert, prepared and not paranoid?

I love this article by Britney Starr of, in which she discusses “Tactical” as not being about the high tech gear but about a state of mind ~ “A state of preparedness and calculated planning that can be used in everyday life.”

Visualizing potential scenarios and placing ourselves in training situations which may be just ‘too close for comfort’ helps inoculate us to stress and prepares our mind and body to default to our level of training.  Was I out of my comfort zone as the paper faces I named glared at me as I moved from target to target, as I discerned my threats, shooting when necessary, controlling my breath and emotions, training my mind and body to attack in defense for my life?  Absolutely.  …And I may just default to the level of my training someday.  I’m grateful.

Train yourselves up, High Caliber Women.  It’s a comprehensive “Mind, Body and Attitude” development and you may just some day be glad you invested the time and effort.

It can even be pretty ridiculously fun along the way… Carbine Course Jackson Hole Shooting Experience High Caliber Women March 2014 Lynn Sherwood Images

Lynn Sherwood,  CEO High Caliber Women

*(“You don’t rise to the occasion, you sink to the level of your training”:  Credit (as close as I can discern in this internet web of historical ‘facts’) goes to a Barrett Tillman (and a motivational poster he saw at a So. Cal. Naval Base) and Dave Grossman in “Killology”, “On Combat”, as delivered by a trainee.)

Lynn Sherwood is an NRA certified instructor for Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun and Refuse to be a victim.  She and her husband Shepard Humphries (yes, the principal instructor in this course – there ya go!  🙂 ) own and operate the Jackson Hole Shooting Experience and High Caliber Women ™.  Lynn had a 22+ year fear of guns and discerned several years ago that it wasn’t the gun she was afraid of, it was the bad guy behind the gun.  Since then, her mission has been to prepare herself and others to live not in fear but in preparedness.  Her passion is teaching women, youth, families and corporate groups and thus High Caliber Women was born to educate and empower women in life and personal defense with a comprehensive approach in Mind, Body and Attitude.  (High Caliber Women Facebook Page.)