Forget amateurish sprinkler valves. Look no further than this type of valve for making airguns or anything where you need the air released explosively. This is my own design inspired by the valve inside an airbrush.
This instructable shows you how to make what I call the XRV (explosive release valve), which can be attached to a bicycle pump. This in turn allows you to turn an ordinary blowgun or pea-shooter into something a bit more serious.
The video does a lot of explaining, but for more detail including how it works, see the next steps.