Make Your Own Ammo Can to Train for the CFT!

The second component of the Combat Fitness Test is the Ammo Can Lift. To train for this unique exercise, you could use a 30-lb dumbbell gripped with both hands…or you could make your own can!

The Can

Normal 5.56mm (M-16 ammunition) ammo boxes are generally used, but if you can’t find any on ebay or Amazon, then something close like a .50 cal box would be fine. The weight is what needs to be precise: 30 lbs.

The Weight

Just fill it with sand or earth until it weighs net 30 pounds. Not rocket science here.


Grit tape makes for an excellent grip-enhancer. After running or in the heat, your hands will get very sweaty and the ammo can could easily slip and drop to the ground, or worse, hit you in the face. Be careful if you don’t use the tape!

Most units in the Marine Corps, and also at OCS, you will have boxes prepared with grit tape.

CFT Ammo Box Lifting

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