I used to play with them when I was in Paris, meaning between 1981 and 1989.
Perhaps they showed up earlier , but I don’t think.
After 1989 there were still some in gunshops on the French Riviera but I don’t know if it was very legal to buy them even if the owners used to sell them.
I don’t remember when they banned THV and other AP ctges
(in fact it was already banned from a long time, but it was more or less OK till the big publicity about THV which brang restrictive application of the law. On the licences it was written : (all) except THV !)
I forgot an important point !
Most of the time, the bullets alone were sold in boxes of 100, on two 50 bullets stairs)
Only one time I found a box of loaded ctges (it is the one shown in the picture). They have been loaded by a famous parisian gunsmith
They exist at least in 45 ACP, 38/357 and 9 para.
From the tests I have made for fun, they are far better for penetration than THV or other AP bullets, but it is just my opinion.
PS:Lew, I still have some bullets if you don’t have one already.