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Comanche

The most powerful Indian tribe in American history.

Although readers may be more familiar with the tribal names Apache and Sioux, it was in fact the legendary fighting ability of the Comanches that determined just how and when the American West opened up. Comanche boys became adept bareback riders by age six; full Comanche braves were considered the best horsemen who ever rode. They were so masterful at war and so skillful with their arrows and lances that they stopped the northern drive of colonial Spain from Mexico and halted the French expansion westward from Louisiana. White settlers arriving in Texas from the eastern United States were surprised to find the frontier being rolled backward by Comanches incensed by the invasion of their tribal lands. So effective were the Comanches that they forced the creation of the Texas Rangers and account for the advent of the new weapon specifically designed to fight them: the six-gun. (S.C. Gwynne, Empire of the Summer Moon)


In stock horsebow kit here.

Inquiries for commissioned work or archery lessons please contact Dave Mead via email 

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Master archer Lars Andersen holding bow, arrows and quiver made by Dave Mead for the Comanche project film.  To watch, click here

Comanche style arrows made from raw materials by Dave Mead

Comanche style osage bow with sinew string, un-backed.  Made by Dave Mead

Comanche style osage sinew backed bow with sinew string.  Made by Dave Mead

Comanche style modern materials horsebow with fast flight string.

Made by Dave Mead

Comanche Archery instructional film by Dave Mead.  To watch, click here

Working with Lars Andersen to re-invent the lost and forgotten fast Comanche Warrior Archery.



I was commissioned to make Comanche style bows and arrows for the master archer Lars Andersen at the beginning of 2020.



Making the bows and arrows plus quiver and bow case took many months, the entire project to date is over 1.5 years in the making.



During this time under the direction of Lars I began training in the warrior form of archery specific to the Comanche and Plains Indigenous people.

This was the most eye opening and exciting experience I have had thus far in all my years of archery.



Lars is a great teacher and truly wants to pay homage to the Comanche warriors unparalleled archery. Coined "The Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History" The amazing feats of Comanche archery were almost forgotten, we hope to bring it back and pass it along to all.


I suggest anyone with an interest in being more intuitive and dynamic in archery to give this a try!