These 12 awesome photos were ruined by blank firing adapters

Military folks get some of the best chances at awesome profile pics. They wear camouflage without looking ridiculous, spend a lot of time with firearms, and are generally physically fit.

Unfortunately, these awesome photos are often ruined by one little detail: blank firing adapters that turn weapons into big noise-makers. Sure, they make training much safer and cheaper, but is that really worth it when BFAs ruined these 12 photos?

1. A Marine pulls guard with his super-scary, blank-firing weapon as two Georgian soldiers giggle at him.

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(Photo: U.S. Army Spc. Nathaniel Nichols)

2. A U.S. Army Ranger student, assigned to the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade, realizes that his weapon couldn’t even kill a squirrel with this stupid BFA on it, July 8, 2016

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(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Austin Berner)

3. “Do I look like Rambo?” “No.”

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(Photo: U.S. Army Spc. Garrett Johnson)

4. A soldier provides no security while on patrol because his weapon has been neutered with a BFA at Exercise Saber Guardian 16.

A-Soldier-with-Bravo-Company-3rd-Battalion-116th-Cavalry-Brigade-Combat-Team-provides-security-while-on-patrol-during-combat-training-while-at-Exercise-Saber-Guardian-16-at-the-Romanian-Land-Forces-Combat-Training-Center-Cincu-Romania-August-2-The-teams-scout-for-opposition-forces-while-out-on-patrol-and-respond-to-attacks-and-ambushes-Saber-Guardian-2016-is-a-multinational-military-exercise-involving-approximately-2,800-military-personnel-from-ten-nations-including-Armenia-Azerbaijan-Bulgaria-Canada-Georgia-Moldova-PolandRomania-Ukraine-and-the-U.S-The objectives of this exercise are to build multinational, regional and joint partnership capacity by enhancing military relationships, exchanging professional experiences, and improving interoperability between the land forces from the participating countries. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Anita VanderMolen, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Oregon Army National Guard)-blank-firing-adapter-bfa

(Photo: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Anita VanderMolen)

5. Paratroopers blow open a door with real explosives and then attack their enemy with loud noises at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California.

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(GIF: Fort Irwin Public Affairs Jason Miller)

6. Spc. Timothy Squires, an infantryman, scans his sector of fire and prepares to make “Pew, pew!” noises during a squad-level situational training exercise held in Kosovo, July 25, 2016. “Pew, pew!” noises are exactly as lethal as weapons with BFAs.

Spc. Timothy Squires, an infantryman assigned to the 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, scans his sector of fire for any movement during a squad-level situational training exercise held in Dumnice, Kosovo, July 25, 2016. The purpose of the exercise was to train individual squad movements in preparation for a larger scale operation deemed Iron Eagle, later this year. (U.S. Army photo by: Staff Sgt. Thomas Duval, Multinational Battle Group-East Public Affairs)-blank-firing-adapter-bfa

(Photo: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Thomas Duval)

7. Marine Corps infantry squad leaders try to look cool while rocking BFAs. They come close but just can’t get past the stigma of the unusable weapon.

U.S. Marine Corps infantry squad leaders assigned to School of Infantry West, Detachment Hawaii, conduct a patrol during the Advanced Infantry Course (AIC) aboard Kahuku Training Area, Hawaii, July 18, 2016. AIC is intermediate training designed to enhance and test the Marine's skills and leadership abilities as squad leaders in a rifle platoon. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson/Released)

(Photo: U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson)

8. A U.S. Army Ranger student searches a simulated enemy prisoner of war. If the POW learns that the Ranger student’s weapon can only fire sound waves, he’ll likely resist and escape.

A U.S. Army Ranger student, assigned to the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade, searches a enemy prisoner of war after a fire fight at a patrol base on Camp Rudder, Eglin Air Force Base, Fl., July 8, 2016. The Florida Phase of Ranger School is the third and final phase that these Ranger students must complete to earn the coveted Ranger Tab. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Austin Berner/Released)-blank-firing-adapter-bfa

(Photo: U.S. Army Sgt. Austin Berner)

9. An Army squad leader shows his men how to get a decent Facebook profile photo with a BFA. The BFA turns an otherwise lethal weapon into a prop.

Staff Sgt. Daniel Dalton, squad leader with the 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, patrols a ridge line during a squad-level situational training exercise held in Dumnice, Kosovo, July 25, 2016. The purpose of the exercise was to train individual squad movements in preparation for a larger scale operation deemed Iron Eagle, later this year. (U.S. Army photo by: Staff Sgt. Thomas Duval, Multinational Battle Group-East Public Affairs)

(Photo: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Thomas Duval)

10. A cadet lays down imaginary cover fire for his teammate during a grenade course. The teammate’s grenades could actually kill someone but this simulated cover fire is useless.

A Cadet in Cadet Initial Entry Training at Fort Knox, Ky., lays down cover fire for his team mate at the Hand Grenade Assault range, July 22. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton/ released)

(Photo: U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton)

11. A U.S. airman, right, actually manages to look cooler than a soldier simply by having a functioning weapon. The airman also has a pretty sweet helmet.

A Soldier and Airman team up to provide security while on patrol during Hustler Trough III May 24 at the Orogrande Range Complex, N.M. The soldier is assigned to Company C, 3rd Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, and the Airmen is a member of 7th Air Support Operations Squadron. (Photo: Fort Bliss Ismael Ortega)

(Photo: Fort Bliss Ismael Ortega)

12. A U.S. Army soldier rocks sunglasses, a machine gun, and a belt of ammo but still looks funny thanks to mismatched camo, laser tag gear, and a blank firing adapter.

FORT MCCOY, Wis. – U.S. Army Reserve Soldier, Spc. Juan Adorno, from Morovis, Puerto Rico, a military policeman with the 301st MP Company, Puerto Rico, surveys the base perimeter from a foxhole during a combat support training exercise at Fort McCoy, Wis., Aug. 19, 2016. The 301st was tasked with provided base defense during the exercise, which included foxhole perimeter defense, theater defense facility security, quick reaction force teams and entry control point teams. (U.S. Army Reserve Photo by Sgt. Quentin Johnson, 211th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/Released)

(Photo: U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. Quentin Johnson)

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