Rio Rondo Enterprises Western Bits

Add a realistic touch to your model horse bridles with Rio Rondo's miniature Western bit shanks. Bit shanks are sold by the set, and will add the perfect touch to any miniature bridle.

The bits we offer are actually shanks (no mouthpieces). Use Tacky Wax to keep the bit shanks in place temporarily... there's no need to saw the mouth open on a perfectly good model!

Chain for chinstraps, Bit Clips and Connector Bars are extra items we have available for your miniature bridles.

Bits are available in both Traditional and Classic scales.

See Custom Decorative Options for Western Bits


Cast Pewter Bits
Cast bits are made from pewter, and feature lots of fine detail and dimensional relief. Check out our Finishing Brochure-BR2 for detailed information on easily polishing and finishing castings.

Pewter bits tend to be a bit larger and more ostentatious than the etched bits, and do require some finishing. Some people prefer them because the metal is softer and somewhat less prone to accidentally scratching a model.

Some advantages of the pewter bits is that they can be bent and altered, shaped, sanded, polished to a high shine, and you can even carve added details in them with a sharp tool (such as a carbide scraper or a dremel bur.)

Etched Metal Bits
Etched bits are Nickel Plated brass, and are flat on the back side. They do come with a lacquer coating that can be removed (and should be if you intend to solder any additional decoration or features to them.) They are the ultimate in BLING with finely detailed decorations on the fancier versions.
RILEYREINER
New W503 "Riley" 3-piece bit, featured on a Sarah Rose "Reiner" model. 1/9th Scale.
All bit shanks are sold as a set of Left And Right.
Traditional Scale Etched Metal Shanks
Items marked with a * are Limited Availability items which may not be in stock at all times.
W501 W501 – "Hawkeye"
Etched Western Bit
– Length: .82"/21mm

$2.25 ea.
W506 W506 – "Barton"
Etched Western Bit
– Length: .75"/19mm

$2.25 ea.
W502 W502 – "Clark"
Etched Western Bit
– Length: .82"/21mm

$2.25 ea.
W547 W547 – "Brocade"
Etched Western Bit
– Length: .79"/20mm

$2.25 ea.
W504 W504 – "Gove"
Etched Western Bit
– Length: .71"/18mm

$2.25 ea.
W554 W554 – "Star"
Etched Western Bit
– Length: .81"/20mm

$2.25 ea.
W505 W505 – "Harper"
Etched Western Bit
– Length: .79"/20mm

$2.25 ea.
Add a Connector Bar
to Any Etched Bit
3-Piece Western Bit Sets
Items marked with a * are Limited Availability items which may not be in stock at all times.
W503 *W503 – "Riley"
Etched Western Bit
    (not assembled)
– Length: .81"/19mm

$2.75 ea.
*W503m – "Riley"
Etched Western Bit - Assembled
– Length: .81"/19mm

$4.00 ea.
*W503n –"Riley" Connector–narrow .05"
65¢ ea. (when ordered separately)
*W503w –"Riley" Connector–wide .07"
65¢ ea. (when ordered separately)
"Riley" bits come with a .6" standard-width connector that fits most models. Some models may benefit from an extra-wide or extra-narrow connector, which can be specified instead, when you order.     See Comparison Photo
Western 3-Piece Bit Assembly Tutorial
Plain & Working Style Western Bits
zW413 W413 – "Salinas"
Etched Western Bit
– Length: .77"/19mm

$2.00 ea.
W417 W417 – "Wichita"
Etched Western Bit
– Length: .75"/19mm

$2.00 ea.
W414 W414 – "Seven"
Etched Western Bit
– Length: .70"/18mm

$2.00 ea.
W418 W418 – "Concho"
Etched Western Bit
– Length: .75"/19mm

$2.00 ea.
Did you know you can attach crystals and conchos to your bits to create new and unique variations?

Bit Clips, Connector Bars & Chain

WC28PIC Bit Clips



Traditional Scale Cast Pewter Bit Shanks
W401 W401 – Western Bit
Cast Pewter
– Length: .90"/23mm

$9.75 ea.
W409 W409 – Western Snaffle
Cast Pewter
– Length: .40"/10mm

$7.25 ea.
W402 W402 – Western Bit
Cast Pewter
– Length: .94"/24mm

$9.75 ea.
W410 W410 – Western Bit
Cast Pewter
– Length: .92"/23mm

$9.75 ea.
W403 W403 – Western Bit
Cast Pewter
– Length: .90"/23mm

$9.75 ea.
W411 W411 – Western Bit
Cast Pewter – Length: .84"/21mm
"Bend To Fit" bit that you can shape.

$4.50 ea.
W404 W404 – Western Bit
Cast Pewter
– Length: 1.0"/25mm

$9.75 ea.
W412 W412 – Western Bit
Cast Pewter
– Length: .85"/21mm

$9.75 ea.
W405 W405 – Western Bit
Cast Pewter
– Length: .95"/24mm

$9.75 ea.
W431 W431 – Western Bit
Cast Pewter
– Length: .87"/22mm

$9.75 ea.
W406 W406 – Western Bit
Cast Pewter
– Length: .90"/23mm

$9.75 ea.
W432 W432 – Western Bit
Cast Pewter
– Length: .88"/22mm

$9.75 ea.
W407 W407 – Western Bit
Cast Pewter
– Length: .87"/22mm

W433 W433 – Western Bit
Cast Pewter
– Length: .75"/19mm

$9.75 ea.
W408 W408 – Western Bit
Cast Pewter
– Length: .95"/24mm

$9.75 ea.
W434 W434 – Western Bit
Cast Pewter
– Length: .87"/22mm

$9.75 ea.
WC400 WC400 – Connector Bar
Cast Pewter
– Width: .70"/18mm

$2.25 ea.