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You are right on this. And some firearms also require a blank firing adaptor in order to make action cycle. A couple of examples are the M-16/AR-15 series, without an adaptor they will only fire each blank once and then have to be reloaded (by pulling the charging handle) for each and every shot; MP-40's also require a blank firing adaptor to cycle.
On the other hand, there are "blank guns" that resemble real firearms but that are designed to fire blanks only. Live ammo won't work in them at all. One business that sells them is Collector's Armoury, they are based in Georgia (US) and have been around since the late 1960's:
I have never owned a blank gun and so cannot comment on which ones are better than others, or which businesses selling them are preferred. However, the sort of blanks used by blank guns (about the strength of a primer in a live round) generally won't be as strong as the sort of blank used in an actual firearm; real firearms have far greater tolerances and can handle a heavier blast than any blank gun can. So the sort of blanks fired by firearms can be louder and easier to hear (as they should be), versus the quieter pop made by something designed only for blanks.
I would also expect that real firearms can withstand the rigors of field use better than a blank gun could because they are better made.
Still, a blank gun could be a good alternative depending on one's circumstances. I had forgotten all about them until I saw this thread.