Terms & Conditions

In General

Combat Force Academy (“CombatForceAcademy.us”) owns and operates this Website. This document governs your relationship with CombatForceAcademy.us (“Website”). Access to and use of this Website and the products and services available through this Website (collectively, the “Services”) are subject to the following terms, conditions, and notices (the “Terms of Service”). By using the Services, you are agreeing to all of the Terms of Service, as may be updated by us from time to time. You should check this page regularly to take notice of any changes we may have made to the Terms of Service.

Access to this Website is permitted on a temporary basis, and we reserve the right to withdraw or amend the Services without notice. We will not be liable if for any reason this Website is unavailable at any time or for any period. From time to time, we may restrict access to some parts or all of this Website.

This Website may contain links to other websites (the “Linked Sites”), which are not operated by CombatForceAcademy.us. CombatForceAcademy.us has no control over the Linked Sites and accepts no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them. Your use of the Linked Sites will be subject to the terms of use and service contained within each such site.

Privacy Policy

Our privacy policy, which sets out how we will use your information, can be found here. By using this Website, you consent to the processing described therein and warrant that all data provided by you is accurate.


You must not misuse this Website. You will not: commit or encourage a criminal offense; transmit or distribute a virus, trojan, worm, logic bomb or any other material which is malicious, technologically harmful, in breach of confidence or in any way offensive or obscene; hack into any aspect of the Service; corrupt data; cause annoyance to other users; infringe upon the rights of any other person’s proprietary rights; send any unsolicited advertising or promotional material, commonly referred to as “spam”; or attempt to affect the performance or functionality of any computer facilities of or accessed through this Website. Breaching this provision would constitute a criminal offense and CombatForceAcademy.us will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and disclose your identity to them.

We will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by a distributed denial-of-service attack, viruses or other technologically harmful material that may infect your computer equipment, computer programs, data or other proprietary material due to your use of this Website or to your downloading of any material posted on it, or on any website linked to it.

Intellectual Property, Software and Content

The intellectual property rights in all software and content (including photographic images) made available to you on or through this Website remains the property of CombatForceAcademy.us or its licensors and are protected by copyright laws and treaties around the world. All such rights are reserved by CombatForceAcademy.us and its licensors. You may store, print and display the content supplied solely for your own personal use. You are not permitted to publish, manipulate, distribute or otherwise reproduce, in any format, any of the content or copies of the content supplied to you or which appears on this Website nor may you use any such content in connection with any business or commercial enterprise.

Terms of Sale

By placing an order you are offering to purchase a product on and subject to the following terms and conditions. All orders are subject to availability and confirmation of the order price.

In order to contract with CombatForceAcademy.us you must be over 18 years of age and possess a valid credit or debit card issued by a bank acceptable to us. CombatForceAcademy.us retains the right to refuse any request made by you. If your order is accepted. When placing an order you undertake that all details you provide to us are true and accurate, that you are an authorized user of the credit or debit card used to place your order and that there are sufficient funds to cover the cost of the goods. All prices advertised are subject to change.

Pricing and Availability

Whilst we try and ensure that all details, descriptions and prices which appear on this Website are accurate, errors may occur. If we discover an error in the price of any goods which you have ordered we will inform you of this as soon as possible and give you the option of reconfirming your order at the correct price or cancelling it. If we are unable to contact you we will treat the order as cancelled. If you cancel and you have already paid for the goods, you will receive a full refund.

Disclaimer of Liability

The material displayed on this Website is provided without any guarantees, conditions or warranties as to its accuracy. Unless expressly stated to the contrary to the fullest extent permitted by law. CombatForceAcademy.us and its suppliers, content providers and advertisers hereby expressly exclude all conditions, warranties and other terms which might otherwise be implied by statute, common law or the law of equity and shall not be liable for any damages whatsoever, including but without limitation to any direct, indirect, special, consequential, punitive or incidental damages, or damages for loss of use, profits, data or other intangibles, damage to goodwill or reputation, or the cost of procurement of substitute goods and services, arising out of or related to the use, inability to use, performance or failures of this Website or the Linked Sites and any materials posted thereon, irrespective of whether such damages were foreseeable or arise in contract, tort, equity, restitution, by statute, at common law or otherwise. This does not affect CombatForceAcademy.us liability for death or personal injury arising from its negligence, fraudulent misrepresentation, misrepresentation as to a fundamental matter or any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.

Linking to this Website

You may link to our home page, provided you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage our reputation or take advantage of it, but you must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement on our part where none exists. You must not establish a link from any website that is not owned by you. This Website must not be framed on any other site, nor may you create a link to any part of this Website other than the home page. We reserve the right to withdraw linking permission without notice.

Disclaimer as to ownership of trade marks, images of personalities and third party copyright.

Except where expressly stated to the contrary all persons (including their names and images), third party trade marks and content, services and/or locations featured on this Website are in no way associated, linked or affiliated with CombatForceAcademy.us and you should not rely on the existence of such a connection or affiliation. Any trade marks/names featured on this Website are owned by the respective trademark owners. Where a trade mark or brand name is referred to it is used solely to describe or identify the products and services and is in no way an assertion that such products or services are endorsed by or connected to CombatForceAcademy.us.


You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless CombatForceAcademy.us, its directors, officers, employees, consultants, agents, and affiliates, from any and all third party claims, liability, damages and/or costs (including, but not limited to, legal fees) arising from your use this Website or your breach of the Terms of Service.


CombatForceAcademy.us shall have the right in its absolute discretion at any time and without notice to amend, remove or vary the Services and/or any page of this Website.


If any part of the Terms of Service is unenforceable (including any provision in which we exclude our liability to you) the enforceability of any other part of the Terms of Service will not be affected all other clauses remaining in full force and effect. So far as possible where any clause/sub-clause or part of a clause/sub-clause can be severed to render the remaining part valid, the clause shall be interpreted accordingly. Alternatively, you agree that the clause shall be rectified and interpreted in such a way that closely resembles the original meaning of the clause /sub-clause as is permitted by law.


We operate a complaints handling procedure which we will use to try to resolve disputes when they first arise, please let us know if you have any complaints or comments.


If you breach these conditions and we take no action, we will still be entitled to use our rights and remedies in any other situation where you breach these conditions.

Entire Agreement

The above Terms of Service constitute the entire agreement of the parties and supersede any and all preceding and contemporaneous agreements between you and CombatForceAcademy.us. Any waiver of any provision of the Terms of Service will be effective only if in writing and signed by a Director of CombatForceAcademy.us.

  • "Thanks for the follow-up guidance.  My goal is to dry fire practice and get comfortable with everything you taught us today. We were blessed with the beautiful weather and good company.  I thought the class went at a good pace and appreciated your assessment as things moved forward to introduce concepts from your advanced class.  I liked all the drills, even our 'test' at the end. 🙂 All the best and many thanks to you, Mike."

  • "I can't say enough positive things about Mike! While going through a difficult divorce that left me feeling afraid and defenseless, a local law enforcement officer recommended Mike when I asked if he knew someone that could help me review gun safety skills. It had been several years since I'd handled a gun, and I felt uneasy having a loaded gun in my home. However, after working with Mike I feel much more assured and mentally prepared to protect myself, if necessary."

  • "Mike is not only very knowledgeable and informative, but extremely creative with his teaching style which makes learning fun and practical. His calm demeanor and encouragement enabled me to relax and enjoy his class to the fullest. I learned more in the few hours I met with Mike than I have in either of the weekend handgun courses I've taken. I felt at ease in Mike’s presence and his sense of humor allowed me to take myself less seriously."

  • "Thanks for your presentation on the security of our business. You took a very complicated, overwhelming topic and condensed it into a well-organized and focused presentation.  Several people have already told me they thought it was excellent! It gave us the information that we need for our daily lives at this facility and got everyone thinking about it in a constructive and useful way."

  • "I really enjoyed the training and appreciated the sequence and order of the various aspects of our training.  Each activity built on and reinforced what we’d already learned.  I agree that practice is absolutely essential to get comfortable with all this.  I’m glad we were able to tackle the 'point shooting' as well.  I find that this is all a new language in addition to a new skill, so I appreciate your patience, Mike, with questions about terminology, etc."

  • "Excellent course!  Solid curriculum, excellent instruction with rationale provided, meaningful exercises, good venue. Mike proved himself an excellent instructor.  He communicates well, sets a good pace through the 2-day course, and leads by example. Mike comprehends the WHY for each theory presented, freely discusses alternate responses, and WHY he has concluded those other responses are not as appropriate for given circumstances. This type of frank, open discussion of alternatives is missing from the curriculum of many instructors."

  • "I grew up shooting rifles and am comfortable with that class of firearm. I have always been hesitant with pistols, so Mike offered to bring me to the shooting range.  In the short time shooting with him his skills, teaching abilities, and knowledge about pistols made me more comfortable. He covered the basics in safety features, stance, aiming, self-defense, and hostage situations. Mike sparked my interest in this style of firearm and I have recently purchased my own pistol that I now feel comfortable owning. I look forward to taking more lessons with Mike."

    Nick B.
  • "I am a retired Army First Sergeant and former drill sergeant, Airborne Ranger, and SAPPER and have trained with Mike two or three times a year for the past four years. I learned more about effective, realistic, and safe self-defense shooting techniques in that time than in the military. It’s a different mindset and Mike (as a former military member himself) recognized what I needed to make the transition to defensive shooting."

    Steve B.
  • "If you want a professional, skilled, personable, and effective instructor or advisor in the arena of self-defense and personal protection, Mike Pivacek is the first guy I’d tell you to call."

    Steve B.
  • "I've been to several of Mike Pivacek's courses in the use of firearms and specifically regarding personal protection. Mike's training is phenomenal. I came to handguns later in life and really had zero firearm experience before attending Mike's courses. After attending basic and advanced courses, my shooting and overall confidence with firearms has increased tremendously. The instruction was tailored to my skill level and each lesson built upon the one prior. There was never a classroom with a DVD to watch. We did real shooting: the only way to learn. There is definitely thought put into the training modules and I immediately saw positive progression in my skills. Even if I don't shoot for a while and feel rusty, I just remember my training and it all comes back. If you're looking for some serious, practical instruction in shooting and personal protection, I would highly recommend Mike Pivacek."

    Brian S. Denver, CO
  • "It has been my pleasure to train under Mike over the last few years. Mike is that rare instructor who combines subject matter expertise with interpersonal teaching skills. He keeps things fun, but focused on the critical skills the students need for success.  He is flexible and humble, knowledgeable and determined."

    Brett M.
  • "Mike is a top notch firearms instructor. He has the patience to bring up confidence in skills for novice student. Skills are built up from the most foundational skills to being able to engage a firearm safely, quickly and reliably. Mike can also impart new knowledge and skills for an experienced shooter. In short, Mike is one the best instructors in business today."

    Scott W.
  • "I came to Mike's beginning defensive pistol class as a complete novice. While I was not fearful of the firearm, I was intimidated by the potential of the tool and by my ignorance of proper procedures. Mike was very patient, safety conscious and thorough, starting with the bare basics and explaining not only the 'hows' but also the 'whys' in clear and unambiguous language and examples. When I finished the class I had the confidence I needed to train more on my own and to feel comfortable at a public range with other shooters around me."

    Cyd L.
  • "My 19-year-old daughter and I both took a defensive handgun class taught by Mike. The instruction was professional, practical, and emphasized discretion and safety. Mike is an excellent instructor who focused on the realities and responsibilities of using a handgun as a last resort for self-defense. I would recommend Mike as a patient instructor to anyone interested in how to safely handle a weapon."

    Paul I.
  • "My family and I have been training with Mike for many years now and we strongly recommend him. He is experienced, competent, patient, and genuine. Through Mike's guidance, our skills have increased dramatically. We will be training with Mike for many years to come."

  • "I am a 40-year-old, married father of two. After I had children, security and defense took on an entirely different meaning. Initially, I decided to start with getting a home security system installed. A few months later, I started doing research on a qualified professional to train me in both home defense situations and the confident operation of firearms. My research eventually brought me to Mike Pivacek. Now, one year and many consultations later, Mike has helped bring me to an entirely new level of situational awareness and tactical defense preparation. I have an ongoing consultant-based relationship with Mike and anytime I need continuing education and tactical practice Mike has always been there to advise and assist."

    Shane C.
  • "I began training with Mike Pivacek immediately after I purchased my first handgun in 2010 and have continued training with him ever since. He has given me the skills and courage to believe that I can indeed protect and defend myself in some very critical situations. While his professionalism and training style present a serious environment, with high-level attention to the importance of safety, his personality also lend humor, kindness and patience...allowing you to learn at your own pace. He has created an environment and great opportunity for women, not just men, to learn how to defend themselves. I feel very proud to have trained with him and look forward to continuing my defensive handgun training for many years to come."

    Micki W.
  • "I'd recommend firearms instruction from Mike to both new and experienced shooters. He has made a commitment to the craft by studying under a number of the country's foremost experts and brings that background to his courses. I've been pleasantly surprised at the wide variety of drills and techniques which he has at his disposal. He works hard at bringing an entire class up to a given level and then moves forward into more advanced material. His classes move quickly with a nice mix of pre-drill presentation and firing line work. If you've already had a lot of instruction, his classes are even better for refining your technique or just getting in extra reps and he'll tailor a drill for you to work on some particular aspect. If you have a new firearm that you'd like to evaluate under tactical pressure, this is a great way to push it and yourself to validate if it belongs in your holster."

  • "While I have been around guns my whole life, I had never owned or fired a handgun. I recently purchased a handgun for personal protection, but felt like I needed to make sure that I was adequately trained before carrying it. I was referred to Mike by a friend and was instantly impressed with the attention and customized feedback that I received. After a day on the range, I have a better understanding of my gun and the knowledge needed to use it safely. I would recommend [these courses] to anyone who is learning to use their handgun for the first time or looking to receive proper training before applying for a concealed carry permit!"

  • "Never in a million years would I have thought that being involved in my children's education would lead to intimidation and harassment. But there I was, asking myself what I would do to protect myself and my children if one of these individuals were as serious about their threats. I decided I had three options, ignore the threats, stop my advocacy work and hide, or go public. I went with door number three. Mike contacted me within hours of having announced my situation, and offered a consultation and weapons training. I had never handled a gun. Mike was patient and thorough. He took me to a range where we practiced round after round, both outdoor and indoor. We practiced shooting in different scenarios of attack, situations that could actually happen when faced with a real intruder, and not a cardboard bullseye target. But it wasn't just handling a weapon that I learned that day, but also what I am willing and not willing to do in those seconds of decision making. And if that day ever comes, and I hope it doesn't, I would be ready to protect myself and my children from threat."

  • "I was one of those women who had purchased a firearm but was afraid to use it! That was until I started training with Mike. He has a way about him that puts you at ease. Maybe it's that perfect blend of knowledge, expertise and being a great coach. Because of Mike I have built confidence in my ability to defend myself and my children with and without my firearm."


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